Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy to Reopen Pop-Up Pool on June 27
Pool’s inaugural season drew more than 40,000 visitors throughout the summer
Contact: Rachel Fletcher, Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy
For Immediate Release
BROOKLYN, June 20, 2013 – Brooklyn Bridge Park and the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy will be opening the Pop-Up Pool at Pier 2 at 10:00 am on June 27, the same day as all New York City public pools.
The Pool will be open for the second year from 10 am to 6 pm seven days a week through Labor Day and is free to enter. Sized at 30’ by 50’, 3.5 feet deep, the pool is ideal for families. The day is divided into 45-minute swim sessions that begin every hour, on the hour, with a maximum capacity of 60 people per session. Moderately priced learn-to-swim lessons will be available from 8 am to 10 am beginning in July. Children under four feet two inches must be accompanied by an adult.
”Pull out your bathing suits and flip-flops and head down to the park,” said Nancy Webster, Executive Director of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. “With its spectacular waterfront location and beachfront vibe, the pop-up pool is a great location to swim, relax, eat and drink, and enjoy a glorious summer in Brooklyn Bridge Park.”
“We are excited to welcome swimmers back to the Pop-Up Pool,” said Regina Myer, President of Brooklyn Bridge Park. “Summer is almost here and this is a great way to beat the heat.”
The addition of the temporary pool was included in the 2011 Memorandum of Understanding agreed to by the City and State Senator Daniel Squadron, along with Assemblymember Millman, which allowed for continued park progress. Senator Squadron secured $400,000 in state funding for the construction of the $700,000 pool.
The popular swim lessons for children will be offered again this year. Check back at brooklynbridgepark.org for dates and times.
"The pool made a huge splash with New York families last summer. And I know things will go just as swimmingly this year," said Senator Daniel Squadron. "I was proud to secure the pool with Assemblymember Millman as part of our agreement to move the park forward, and to help fund the pool and beach. I look forward to continuing to work together to make the pool a permanent part of the park and expand active recreation."
“Hooray! Hooray! I am delighted to see the pop up pool reopen at Brooklyn Bridge Park,” said Assemblymember Millman. “This wonderful resource is the perfect summer attraction and one of the signature features that makes the park a unique destination for everyone.”
“The opening of the Pop-Up Pool on June 27 in Brooklyn Bridge Park is sure to make a big ‘splash.’ With its own sandy beach and stunning views of the ‘outer borough’ of Manhattan, the East River, and the world-renowned Brooklyn Bridge, there’s no doubt that visitors will be flooding in,” said Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. “Thanks to the great work of State Senator Daniel Squadron, State Assemblymember Joan Millman, City Councilmember Steve Levin, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation, and the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, things are clearly going ‘swimmingly’ in Brooklyn Bridge Park this summer.”
“Support for the Brooklyn Bridge Park Pop-Up Pool is one issue no politician should flip-flop on,” said Council Member Stephen Levin. “The return of the Pop-Up Pool gives swimmers the perfect place to hang out in the sun and stay cool - summer fun the way it should be done. Thanks to Regina Myer of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation, Nancy Webster of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, Borough President Marty Markowitz, Senator Daniel Squadron, and Assemblymember Joan Millman for bringing back the Pop-Up Pool this summer.”
The area immediately surrounding the pool, which will be serviced by a new concessionaire, Lizzmonade Brooklyn, is bordered by a sandy beach with lounge chairs, picnic tables, and umbrellas where visitors can rest, enjoy snacks, or soak up the sun from 10 am to 11 pm.
Lizzmonade Brooklyn serves fresh, artisanal lemonades that are made to order, and will also offer light, pool-side fare for children and adults. After 6 pm, the lemonades will lend themselves to fresh sangrias, locals craft beers will be on tap, and activities such as trivia and bocce ball will be hosted on-site.
“We think there couldn’t be any more of a perfect fit than Lizzmonade and the Brooklyn Bridge Park Pop-Up Pool,” said Lizzette Pagan, owner of Lizzmonade. “Summer in New York City, a poolside beach and a refreshing fruity lemonade all make for a wonderful setting with friends and family!”
About the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy
The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy has worked for over 25 years to bring Brooklyn Bridge Park to life. We started out as grassroots advocates, bringing together residents, government, and local supporters to transform an abandoned waterfront into the park you see today.
Now as the park’s lead steward, we work in partnership with Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation to ensure that the park reaches its full potential as a dynamic and vibrant public space for Brooklyn, New York City, and beyond. With your help, the Conservancy produces diverse and innovative programming for park visitors and cultivates volunteer and philanthropic support of this special place on the Brooklyn waterfront. Since 2000, more than 800,000 visitors have enjoyed the Conservancy’s free, public programs in the beginnings of Brooklyn Bridge Park.
About Brooklyn Bridge Park
Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation, known as Brooklyn Bridge Park, is the not-for-profit entity responsible for the planning, construction, maintenance and operation of Brooklyn Bridge Park, an 85-acre sustainable waterfront park stretching 1.3 miles along Brooklyn’s East River shoreline. The self-sustaining park was designed by the award-winning firm of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc. and features expansive lawns, waterfront promenades, innovative playgrounds, a greenway, sports facilities and the popular Jane’s Carousel.
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