Brooklyn Bridge Park Swimming in Ideas For New Pool

Brooklyn Paper won the aquatic pun contest, while the Eagle  doused readers with details about recent public meetings for the pool planned for Squibb Park, slated to open in 2020.

Brooklyn Bridge Park President Eric Landau was joined at PS 8 by Kristina Drury, founder of Tythe Design, the community engagement firm hired by the Park, at gatherings to solicit suggestions and concerns about the permanent structure.

According to our local reports, approximately 100 people in total attended the two sessions, held on September 12 and 16.

Among the ideas/wishes proffered by locals:

  • a pool that would accommodate both children and adults, including older people who may have mobility problems, though one participant observed, “I like children, but there are so many children [at the Pop-Up Pool] all the time and I could never swim. There were unruly children. If it’s a lap pool maybe there will be less children like that and I could swim sometimes.”
  • a pool that could be used in both summer and winter
  • shaded areas
  • private swimming hours that would accommodate Orthodox Jewish women
  • a concession stand, though perhaps one that might be limited to avoid trash/traffic problems

As with all matters related to the Park, concerns were raised about crowds, foot traffic, and theft. Nancy Webster, executive director of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, told the Eagle that the pool has the potential to “be a real gathering spot and a real experience for members not only of the surrounding communities, but communities further afield.”

According to Landau, an online survey has garnered over 1,500 responses. The pool is expected to double the capacity of the Pop-Up Pool, accommodating between 150 and 300 people, and cost between $10 and $15 million.

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  • gc

    Hopefully some thought is given to the absurd state of affairs relative to the Squibb Bridge so that we don’t end up with a similar outcome for the Sqibb Pool.

  • Knight

    Since the Squibb Bridge was going to be the physical link between BBP and Squibb Pool, it appears that the idea already has “a far bigger structural flaw” than when it was first conceived.

  • Andrew Porter

    As I’ve stated elsewhere, this is right next door to the former JW buildings which are being transformed into an office/commercial development. As far as I’m concerned, the Heights will now end at Middagh and Columbia Heights.

  • Vitamin Z

    Is anyone aware of an organized effort to push for the pool to be located anywhere other than Squibb park?

  • New Heights

    That Pop-Up pool is tiny, I’ve know people who have constructed pools that size out of gunite for $55K…so 20 times that for a pool just twice its size? Can we move onto the next bad idea please?