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McCarren Pool Closes For More Than 24 Hours Due to 'Loose Stool'

By Jess Wisloski | August 4, 2012 2:21pm

GREENPOINT — The mammoth and popular McCarren Park Pool was shut down for more than 24 hours this weekend, the Parks Department confirmed.

The 37,950-foot pool was cleared out around 1:30 p.m. Saturday due to "loose stool," and it did not reopen until Sunday at 4 p.m. after a complete disinfection of the water, a Parks Department spokesman said. 

The water had to be disinfected by raising the chlorine levels to 10 for a full 24 hours, the spokesman said.

The pool has been shut down several times since its June 28 opening, following a $50 million renovation after years of laying fallow.

Trouble for the massive public pool started the day after it opened, when a brawl among teenagers sent swimmers home early. The NYPD and Parks Department beefed up security after the fights, and in the wake of rampant bike thefts around the pool's perimeter.

The most recent closure came after a swimmer's diaper leaked into the pool.