McCarren Park Pool To Become a Functioning Swimming Pool Again…

…you know, now that the fancy folk are moving in. Bloomberg could save a few bucks by filling the pool with oil instead of water. (If you haven’t watched Toxic Brooklyn, you can see it all here). Meanwhile, summer concerts are still being scheduled for McCarren Park Pool. You can see the full schedule here, though only a few dates have been announced thus far.
From NYTimes [Thanks Peter]

Changes for the city’s 29,000-acre park system are even more ambitious than initially detailed by the mayor in his 25-year plan for a greener New York, and include reopening the High Bridge and the McCarren Park swimming pool, officials said yesterday….
The McCarren Park pool, built in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, in 1936 and closed in 1984, is one of 11 giant swimming pools built in the city as part of the Works Progress Administration. The pool, which could accommodate 6,800 bathers, will be reduced in size by about one third and reopened as an Olympic size pool. The work is budgeted at $50 million, and officials expect it to begin this summer and take a couple of years.
Details of the city’s plan to reopen the bridge and the pool were not discussed when Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg outlined his PlaNYC initiative on Sunday, but were confirmed yesterday by the Department of Parks and Recreation.

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