Dumpster Pools Making a Splash in Manhattan

Image: Macro-Sea and Vamos Architects (via NYT)

Last year's Dumpster pool parties of Brooklyn have made it to the big time: Park Avenue in New York. For the first three Saturdays of August, three of these pools -- repurposed dumpster bins that have been cleaned, lined and filled with water -- are making an appearance on the east side of Park Avenue between 40th and 41st Streets, as part of the third Summer Streets Initiative. The New York Times reports:

With Grand Central Terminal and the MetLife Building serving as a backdrop, the pools will be above ground, encircled by a five-foot-wide metal deck with a nonstick rubber surface, and accompanied by several changing-room cabanas, portable showers and portable toilets.

[..] "While they have been lovingly referred to as Dumpster pools, don't let the name fool you," said Janette Sadik-Khan, the city's transportation commissioner. "These are clean, compliant mobile pools that will put even more 'park' into Park Avenue. It will almost be like a Park Avenue boardwalk."


Photos: Shannon Stapleton (Reuters)

Measuring approximately 8 feet by 22 feet long, the Dumpster pools are actually larger than your usual Dumpster. Masterminded by Brooklyn-based design firm Macro-Sea, the pools have been reconverted at no cost to the city, complete with protective liners and a water filtration system.

Ready for a dumpster-diving session? The pools will be open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. No need to fear if you can't swim too well either: lifeguards, provided by the fitness gym chain Crunch, will be present as well.

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