As New York City suffers through a heat wave, residents are demanding Brooklyn Bridge Park’s pop-up pool keep them cool beyond this summer.
State Sen.Daniel Squadron says he has hundreds of petition signatures to save the pool, and will hold a rally Thursday afternoon, where he’ll also release survey results showing support for keep it.
Squadron is asking the city to keep the pop-up pool open until “there are concrete plans for a permanent pool.” The survey found that there is wide support for keeping the pool, it serves a “broad community,” and is the “only swimming option for many families,” he said.
The New York Daily News, in a preview of the results, reported that 82 percent of users are not from the immediate neighborhood, and 60 percent don’t use any other public pool.
The pop-up pool is set to be taken down at the end of the summer after it was first put up in 2011 for park renovations. According to the Daily News, these renovations will include a large water play area, but the majority of survey respondents said they preferred a pool for the space over the play area.
Park officials told the Daily News that they support a permanent pool with proper funding, but don’t want to keep the seasonal attraction up for now.
The “Love Our Pool: Families United For A Pool in Brooklyn Bridge Park” rally is scheduled for Thursday at 12 p.m., Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 2 Uplands, outside the pop-up pool (nearby address: 150 Furman St.).
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