McCarren Park Pool Evacuated Again — For Diaper Malfunction

By Alan Neuhauser and Meredith Hoffman  on July 9, 2012 2:17pm  | Updated on July 9, 2012 4:13pm

McCarren Park Pool holds 1,500 swimmers.
McCarren Park Pool holds 1,500 swimmers.
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BROOKLYN — McCarren Park Pool was shut down for the third time Monday afternoon — but this time it wasn't violence that cleared the water.

Lifeguards evacuated the 37,950-foot pool at noon after a child had a diaper accident, a Parks Department spokeswoman said. The pool was closed for about 20 minutes.

Brawls had already closed down the pool twice since it opened June 28 after a $50 million renovation. It had been shuttered for nearly 30 years.

A police officer was allegedly punched in the face during a melee last Monday that resulted in three arrests, and lifeguards were reportedly attacked just one day after the pool's ribbon-cutting ceremony, which featured remarks by the mayor and parks commissioner.

Police and the Parks Department have since beefed-up security at the pool, adding barricades, police officers and Parks Department staff.

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