BROOKLYN — The popular Pop-Up Pool at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 2 will return again next summer, officials announced Tuesday.
Though the temporary pool — measuring 30 by 50 feet and reaching only 3.5 feet deep — will return for another season, it will disappear after the 2018 swim season ends and before construction begins in the fall at the site for the Pier 2 "uplands.”
“We’re thrilled that we will be able to have one more season of the pop-up pool next summer,” said Eric Landau, president of Brooklyn Bridge Park. “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 free pool opened in 2012 and became a family favorite for its small size. It also has a little sandy beach, deck concessions, showers, and restrooms. Swimmers were allowed to splash around for 45-minute sessions, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with a capacity of 60 in the pool at one time.
A grassroots group, Love Our Pool, fought to keep the pool open and is hoping to find a permanent solution for ensuring that a public swim space remains part of the park.
“Love Our Pool believes this is a necessary first step toward our ultimate goal of securing a permanent pool in Brooklyn Bridge Park,” Love Our Pool co-organizer Lee Levine said in a statement. “And we will continue to work with the park on making that vision a reality.”
It is unclear whether the pop-up will return to another part of the park after 2018.
There is also an effort by the design team behind the $20 million floating pool, known as Plus Pool, to find a space somewhere in the city’s river waters to bring its high-tech water filtration device to allow for swimming. The organization is studying the waters of Brooklyn Bridge Park as a possible location.