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Floating Pools

Next American City describes the floating pool barge calling New York City home, noting that there were actually 15 such pools in the city 100 years ago, then for hygienic purposes but now for recreational. The idea has been the project of former city planner and New York City park official Ann Buttenwieser.

Some additional background. The pool is 82 feet long and four feet deep with seven lanes. Capacity is 175 for the docked facility, which spent the 2007 summer adjacent to Brooklyn Bridge Park and this past summer at Barretto Point Park at Hunter’s Point in the Bronx. A New York Times article indicated back in July, 2007 that Buttenwieser started a nonprofit group, the Neptune Foundation, to finance her pool project — raising over $5 million in donations and loans. It is being operated in partnership with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.

An NPR segment with Buttenwieser is an interesting listen here. For cities with water, but not swimmable water for either environmental or safety reasons, floating pools could be a great way to keep the populace cooled off in the summer while enlivening waterfronts.

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