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Posted by | September 19, 2017 | Uncategorized

Yesss! Reprieve for Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pop-Up PoolHooray! Brooklyn Bridge Park says the popular Pop-Up Pool will be open for one more season next summer. Shown: Dozens of families cooled off in the Pop-Up Pool on opening day this past June. Photo by Mary FrostSeason extended to Summer 2018

By Mary Frost

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Hooray! Kids will get to splish and splash for one more summer in Brooklyn Bridge Park’s popular Pop-Up Pool, the park announced on Monday.The temporary pool will be open for one last season through September 2018. Nestled into the uplands at Pier 2, the free Pop-Up Pool first opened in 2012, and includes a beach, deck concessions, showers and restrooms. The 30-by-50-foot pool, only 3 ½ feet deep, has been a big hit with parkgoers, who come from both the nearby neighborhood and from across the borough to enjoy a free swim. The pool was slated to close after the 2016 season, but after a determined campaign by Brooklyn families and former state Sen. Daniel Squadron, the attraction received a one-year extension after its original five year term expired. Next summer will be absolutely the last year for the pool, however, as it is located in the site of the planned Pier 2 uplands where construction is expected to begin in the fall of 2018. The 3.4 acres of parkland that will replace the pool will be accessible year-round and will feature hills with pathways, a water play area and trees, according to the park.“We’re thrilled that we will be able to have one more season of the pop-up pool next summer,” Eric Landau, president of Brooklyn Bridge Park, said in a statement. “It’s been an amazing summer destination for Brooklynites and visitors every year that it’s been open and we look forward to another great pool season in 2018.”The parents group Love Our Pool (LOP) gathered more than 1,300 signatures from more than 30 Zip codes and worked with local officials to keep the pool open past its expiration date last year. LOP’s organizers were awarded a community service award by the Brooklyn Heights Association in March.”Much like a year ago, LOP is thrilled that Brooklyn Bridge Park has listened to the community in choosing to keep the beloved Pop-Up open an additional year,” LOP co-organizer Lee Levine said in a statement.She added, “Eric Landau and his leadership team recognize how a community pool is critical to the success of a great urban park meeting the needs of the community both near and far. Love Our Pool believes this is a necessary first step toward our ultimate goal of securing a permanent pool in Brooklyn Bridge Park. And we will continue to work with the park on making that vision a reality.”Since 2012, hundreds of kids have learned to swim in the little pool.Lee Levine, a LOL representative, told the Brooklyn Eagle this past June that his son Izzy learned to swim there.“He started at 4; now he’s about to turn 8,” Levine said.  Read more…

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