Pool party! Brooklyn Bridge Park seeks new swimming hole

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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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Ron from Cobble Hill says:
This is not the first talk of the pool at the park since the city took over. It has been talked about a lot. The news is they filed for a permit -- and do not have the money.
Jan. 10, 2011, 7:43 am
Joe from Gowanus says:
Summer of 2007 was amaziing with this pool! Hey Governor Cuomo, help us dock this pool!

First, fix the DEC, who takes 2-5 years to review permits! $10M is not the issue - we'll raise the money but receiving a DEC permit is the main barrier. The fish will LOVE the shade of the pool!
Jan. 10, 2011, 9:31 am
Ben from Brooklyn Heights says:
We have NO aquatics center in downtown brooklyn and no plans for one with all of the development downtown in the past 20 years we still have no aquatics center - we need a BIG pool like Asphalt Green East Side of Manhattan only run well Asphalt Green pool is run poorly. NOT a health club or hotel pool but a real Aquatics Center 50 meters long 12 feet deep a big pool.
Jan. 18, 2011, 1:10 pm

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