There’s Water in the Pool

The Brooklyn Bridge Park “pop-up-pool” as seen from the Promenade Sunday afternoon, is filled with water and evidently ready for swimmers. It’s scheduled to open this week; there’s more information at the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy’s website.

(Photos: Chuck Taylor)

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  • ABC

    60 people at a time?

  • David on Middagh

    That’s how many you need to raise the level above three feet!

  • Nick A

    it’s unfortunate this pool will be essentially useless to any adults. too shallow, too small, and it will be overrun with children at all times of the day. really wish the park could have found a solution that wasn’t strictly child-focused.

  • lori

    I understand that it is ONLY for children accompanied by adults. Adults only need not apply.

  • Andrew Porter

    This is age discrimination, the third area at Brooklyn Bridge Park—counting the water feature at Pier 6 and he playground at Pier 1—to bare those over the age of, what, 12?

    I vote we picket this—as soon as the ambient temperature drops below 75…

  • David on Middagh

    It does hurt that the kids get the exclusive water park at Pier 6 *and* this pool.

  • Claude Scales

    lori: having read the FAQs on the BBPC website, I don’t find anything about its being limited to children accompanied by adults. Indeed, the firs question is, “May I bring my children?”, to which the answer is yes. It doesn’t say you must bring a child, only that children are welcome.

  • lori

    It says “for children and their families”. I have emailed them with the question but have not as yet received an answer.

  • Gerry

    We need a real pool in downtown Brooklyn an aquatics center open 12 months per year from 530am to 11pm.

  • Arch Stanton

    A puny 30’x50’x3.5′ Pool for only 60 people (mostly kids), Who would want to endure such an ordeal. Looks like the BBP “planners” screwed up again.

  • Ben F.

    I agree with Gerry– we need a real aquatics center, not a wading pool!

  • yoohoo

    This is a five-year deal, nothing more nothing less. If you want an Olympic-size lap pool, get someone to cough up $$,$$$,$$$ or take up a collection among yourselves.

  • Chucky

    There’s been a desire for a pool in BBP for a while now. My understanding is that the park “planners” didn’t have enough funding to build a full sized pool, but were able to find enough funding to build a pool this size and decided that something was better than nothing. As someone mentioned before, it’s a 5 year pilot program. Leave it to the overly-entitled readers of BHB to only focus on how this is not an Olympic sized pool that can fit the whole neighborhood at once and just complain about this pool that they are getting access to at their doorsteps for free…

  • yoohoo

    The Pool Lady (on the barge), which we enjoyed for one summer, has benefited economically deprived citizens of the Bronx since then. The Neptune Foundation, owner of the barge, spent millions to outfit and transport it to NYC and had to ask for donations to bail it out of the red. Find out from the BBP Conservancy how much it cost to prepare the pier for that one glorious summer.

    Too much uninformed rhetoric on this blog.

  • Def

    Why do the kids need a pool? They should just open some hydrants and cool off

  • Monty

    Chill out fools. Go donate some kickstarter funds to the +Pool and you will have a lap pool in a few years.

  • Homer Fink

    Y’all should get a room.

    Seriously you’re pushing me to Bay Ridge Rover territory!

  • Arch Stanton

    Alas Homer, it’s never like you imagine it will be.

  • Dean Collins

    Why this is temporary is beyond me, this is a ridiculous waste of tax payers money if this is demolished soon.

    couldnt the money hve been better spent completing you know….the park thats been coming for 4+ years.

  • WillowSt.Neighbor

    Dean Collins,
    The pool will be there for five years. I think the pool cost $150,000. As much as I want to complain about the way our tax dollars are being spent, I cannot find fault with a pool that so many people will enjoy for the next five years. Had the cost been 5 million, I would be complaining also.

  • WillowSt.Neighbor

    I incorrectly stated that the pool cost $150,000. Just read the article about the pool again and the cost was $700,000.
    Still a good investment for the children and their parents who are looking for recreation in the summer months.

  • BH’er

    I’m glad they built this pool and hope it works out…

    I also hope an adult lap pool will follow – full-on aquatics center would be great, but the park is really taking shape nicely

    It’s really an impressive park – all the plants, etc. I saw some ducks pop out of some reeds, cross the path and then jump into the water on the other side and disappear – really quite funny

    But it’s great that there is so much done and I’m eager to see it continue to evolve… volleyball courts, ferry slips, pools… can’t wait until the sports fields are active

    This is really a great place and will only improve with more sections complete and additional development to continue to support it with revenue, people and services