May 15, 2015 / Brooklyn news / Williamsburg / Meadows of Shame

City yet to fix McCarren Park slime problem

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Indoor facilities at the McCarren Park Pool are slimy with water and salt damage because a contractor did a shoddy job when it renovated the construction before the 2012 reopening of the greenspace, a city-commissioned report charged.

The interestingly named engineering company Haks wrote the report in 2013 at the behest of the city, which was baffled as to why the bathhouses were weeping white grime just a year after the pool reopened.

But the city still has not fixed the bathhouses two years later, leaving the facilities covered with sticky stains, a situation park activists say is unacceptable.

“This is a management issue plain and simple which the agency refuses to acknowledge much less address,” said Geoffrey Croft of New York City Park Advocates. “The lack of addressing maintenance issues at the pool over the years is what caused it to be a $50 million dollar renovation in the first place.”

The city started construction on the Depression-ear pool, which had been shuttered since 1984, in 2008, allocating $50 million to the renovation of the pool and it surrounding indoor facility. It added a new recreation center, offices space, a gym, a community room, and multipurpose room.

But the contractors failed to properly seal the bond between the new mortar and the brick, reads the report.

“The masonry wall construction has many deficiencies which do not allow for proper drainage of the entrapped moisture,” says the report.

The report put the blame for the problems squarely on the contractor and designer.

“These deficiencies were caused primarily by poor workmanship during construction, but many of them can be also attributed to a deficient design and detailing,” it says.

The city refused to say if and when it will fix the bathhouse problem.

“When necessary, New York City Parks has worked quickly to make repairs to the pool,” said Parks spokeswoman Maeri Ferguson. “The city commissioned the HAKS report to better understand structural issues concerning the McCarren Pool complex.”

The city said the issues will not delay the opening of the pool, which is scheduled for June 27 — and not on Memorial Day, which a lot of people think.

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her at
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Huh? from Greenpoint says:
The pools have always opened in late June when schools get out. Why would you say that many people think it's Memorial Day? Do you have any actual quotes from community members saying that? This reporting seems as shoddy as the deteriorated bathhouse!
May 15, 2015, 6:54 am
Mike from Williamsburg says:
I thought "fix McCarren Park slime problem" meant getting rid of the slime that has been fighting and stealing at the pool in the past. I guess that slime will stay and continue acting like mini thugs.
May 15, 2015, 9:02 am
an uncivil engineer says:
HAKS, all caps, not to be confused with hacks, the folks who work for the Brooklyn Paper.
May 15, 2015, 9:08 am
Tonya Harding from Oregon says:
I will come there and put some pressure on them to fix this problem if the people of Brooklyn request it.
May 15, 2015, 10:10 am
Rose from Greenpoint says:
I think the companies that the city contracts to are all crappy and must be the result of some illegal back-alley agreements. Remember when it took like 2 years to fix the paths in McCarren Park?
May 15, 2015, 11:17 am
Stan Chaz from Greenpoint says:
Hey Rose: You call that fixing the paths in the park? They tore out the continuous 400 foot strip of perfectly good seating across from the pool -- and "replaced" it with scattered benches- about 60% LESS seating than we had before, in an area that's very crowded on weekends and evenings...
May 15, 2015, 12:10 pm
CB1 says:
Stfu Mike. Don't you have some grocery shopping to do or something?
May 15, 2015, 2:08 pm
Mike says:
I go to CB1 meetings just so I can leave my house once a month and tweet snarky things about car owners and old people. I don't like people that aren't like me.
May 18, 2015, 5:24 pm

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