Pool party! Brooklyn Bridge Park seeks new swimming hole

Pool party! Brooklyn Bridge Park seeks new swimming hole
Most everyone loved the floating pool three summers ago at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Now, officials want to bring a new pier pool back. All it'll take is money…
Julienne Schaer

Brooklyn Bridge Park is one step closer to getting a pool.

Park officials announced that they’re applying to dock a brand new floating pool at the yet-to-be-built Pier 5 just north of Atlantic Avenue.

It’s the first talk of the amenity since the city took over the $350-million park last year. But there’s one problem — the park doesn’t yet have the $5-10 million it needs to build out the dock where the pool would moor.

“We look forward to working with elected officials and [the city] to make this amenity a reality,” said Ellen Ryan, a spokeswoman for Brooklyn Bridge Park. “[The park already] hosted a floating pool in the summer of 2007 with great success.”

Success, indeed — the hugely popular “Floating Pool Lady” served almost 50,000 people on the Brooklyn Heights waterfront during the summer of 2007. After that cool summer, a Bronx park got the floating pool.

Luckily, local electeds are already rallying behind the park’s own new amenity, which would be welcome addition to a popular park space that still lacks what park-goers look for — a large array of things to do.

“It is a lot of money, but … a pool is an important amenity,” state Sen. Daniel Squadron (D-Brooklyn Heights) told the Daily News, which reported a piece of the story.

A timeline is not yet set for the pool’s construction, assuming that all the paperwork goes through. The build-out of Pier 5 isn’t clear, either — financing is still being lined up for Piers 2 through 5.

That said, park officials have some momentum going in terms of amenities for Piers 1 and 6. They secured funding for a $5-million footbridge from Squibb Park in Brooklyn Heights to the park last year; are currently looking for an operator of a restaurant space on Pier 6; finished the bike path from one end of the park to the other; and plan to build out the rest of Pier 6’s features, including volleyball, this year.

And tetherball, a beloved, iconic city game, is still a go for Pier 2, we’ve confirmed.

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