East River Swimming pool

Test swimming pool coming to East River this August

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A plan to install a pool that floats atop — and gets filled with — water from the East River will get tested off the shores of Brooklyn Bridge Park later this year in hopes to prove that the dream of swimming in clean harbor H2O can become a reality.

The small floating swimming pool that is likely coming in August to the sewage-drenched river would be a prelude to a much larger, sparkling clean,, Olympic-sized swimming pool in the shape of a plus sign — that won’t arrive until at least 2015.

“It’s a science lab version of the full one,” said Dong Ping Wong, one of the pool’s three designers. “It won’t be pretty, and it won’t have the public amenities of the full one. But it will float.”

The test pool is primarily for the designers to figure out if filtration systems can handle the muck they’ll suck in when taking salt water from the tidal strait that, surprisingly, sits just west of Brooklyn shores. Because of this, the pool will not be open to public swimmers, Wong said. But there may be select days where brave swimmers can sign a release form and jump into the pool, he said.

The designers are still scouting an exact location for the test pool. It should be about 20 to 30 feet away from the shore near Brooklyn Bridge Park — some place where the pool bottom won’t hit the riverbed.

To fund the test pool, the designers plan to unveil a Kickstarter campaign around June 4.

For $199, donors will be able to buy a tile with their name on it for the large pool.

In addition to providing a safe place to swim, one of the goals of the larger pool is to help clean up the East River by pumping filtered water back into the waterway that is famous changing direction up to four times a day, thanks to rising and lowering tides.

Reach reporter Jaime Lutz at or by calling (718) 260-8310. Follow her on Twitter @jaime_lutz.
Updated 10:11 pm, July 9, 2018
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Mike from Williamsburg says:
Something nice is going to happen in Brooklyn, so the only question is in which way will the ignorant fossils hate it. Will it be because they always used to swim in the East River and it's only yuppies who are afraid of germs who think there needs to be filtration? Or will it be a disgust with the East River and think only yuppies and hipsters would enjoy a new place to swim? That approach is more in keeping with their reaction when people move to formerly bad neighborhoods.
May 29, 2013, 6:30 am
o3 from bk says:
didnt kramer already test-swim the river?
May 29, 2013, 7:09 am
manposeur from brokeland says:
Its an incredible technological feit which we can all enjoy but just as mike points about the old skool brooklyn troglodytes I am hoping that the thugrats from the project dont try to act stupid and take a dump.
Nice things can happen in Brooklyn and the city when people take time to care.
May 29, 2013, 8:53 am
diehipster from Gowanus Springs Bottling Co. says:
Why bother filtering? How many COUNTLESS ARTICLES have there been about the parentally funded transient "creative types" playing in and around the Gowanus Canal? Or did I just dream all that up?
May 29, 2013, 9:28 am
Matt Matician says:
How many gallons is the East River and how many gallons per day are projected to pass through the pool's filter system? "Help clean up the East River?" Minimally, I suspect.
May 29, 2013, 11:19 am
Johnny Hammersticks from Brooklyn says:
The idea of a pool is cool. Using East River water... Not so much. There's not a filtration system in the world that will convince me that the water is swimable. To each their own. Good luck to anyone brave enough to try that out.
May 29, 2013, 11:56 am
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
Johnny, ask Ty - he knows EVERYTHING!
May 29, 2013, 2:09 pm
old time brooklyn from slope says:
I want to have ty's baby
May 29, 2013, 8:36 pm
joey from Clinton Hills says:
multi-purpose sewage treatment plant!
May 30, 2013, 9:28 am
K. from ArKady says:
So this contraption bathes hipsters until they are sufficiently clean to swim in the open waters of the East River? It's a start...
May 30, 2013, 11:11 am
Joe from Brooklyn Heights says:
Everyone will smell fishy and smelly. Just ask Kramer!
May 31, 2013, 10:10 pm
old time brooklyn from slope says:
good idea provided the animals that took over mcarren don't invade
June 1, 2013, 10:09 am

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