15 Jul '12, 9am

Brooklyn's Newest Pool Should Be Copied by Cities Everywhere

Brooklyn's Newest Pool Should Be Copied by Cities Everywhere

The big news for overheated Brooklynites this month has been the re-opening of the totally renovated McCarren Park Pool. As I count among those whose work schedules allow for weekday escapes from the "office," and I live in the neighborhood, I headed to the pool to check it out. I was blown away, not just by the loveliness of the facility, but by the story behind how a Robert Moses pool has evolved over the past 76 years. 1936-1985 The was first opened in 1936, built by the Works Progress Administration during the New Deal. It accommodated 6,800 swimmers and was among the most used pools in New York. Over the decades, it fell into disrepair, blighted by vandalism and used as a drug haven . It was closed in 1984. Funds were appropriated the next year for renovation, but the plan fell through. icopythat /CC BY 2.0 1985-2007 Nothing was done with the empty pool for more than ...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/urban-design/brooklyns-newest-p...

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