See the blue circle? That's where the pool will be located. Scheduled to open in July.
Add swimming with a view of Manhattan and the New York Harbor to your list of lovely things to do on the Brooklyn waterfront. The board of Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation has approved construction of a 30 x 50 foot above-ground pool that will be 3.5 feet deep.
It’s set to open in July, and expect crowds.
In addition to the pool there will be concessions, restrooms, showers and a beach area with chairs. The Park will pay for the $199,000 construction out of its operating budget.
The pool will remain open for at least five summers, at the uplands area of Pier 2, the sort of no-mans land below Brooklyn Heights, in between Pier 6 playground at Atlantic Avenue and the rest of the grassy lawns of Brooklyn Bridge Park starting around Fulton Ferry landing on the edge of Dumbo.
Local State Sen. Daniel Squadron announced the pool deal on Wednesday. Squadron and local state Assemblymember Joan Millman, supported by City Councilmembers Levin and Lander, secured the pool for at least five summers as part of their August 2011 agreement with the city regarding new condos to be built in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The deal allowed for additional new condos if tax revenue from the sale of Jehovah’s Witness buildings in Brooklyn Heights does not raise enough money in time to pay for park maintenance.
Pier 2 is approximately 5 acres. The longterm construction plan includes active recreation courts for basketball, handball, and bocce, as well as a full size in-line skating rink, swings, picnic tables, restrooms and a small concession. Portions of the original storage shed structure will be retained to provide shading and rain shelter.