NYC Approves Site for Futuristic Floating Pool

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Swim in the East River! NYC Approves Site for Futuristic Floating Pool near the Manhattan Bridge that will use 600,000 gallons of filtered river water every day

  • New York City has approved the location of a new East River floating pool
  • The pool is located north of Manhattan Bridge on the Lower East Side
  • It is fed by river water that has undergone a cleaning process

New York City has approved the site of a new floating pool to be built in the East River.

The futuristic floating pool will be located just north of the Manhattan Bridge on the Lower East Side of the city, it is understood.

Start-up + Pool’s project describes its goal as ‘reclaiming the river as a recreational resource for the city, while educating the public on issues affecting our water quality.’

New York City has approved the site of a new floating pool to be built in the East River.  Artist impression above

New York City has approved the site of a new floating pool to be built in the East River. Artist impression above

The futuristic floating pool will be slightly north of the Manhattan Bridge on the Lower East Side, it is understood

The futuristic floating pool will be slightly north of the Manhattan Bridge on the Lower East Side, it is understood

Start-up + Pool's project describes its goal as 'reclaiming the river as a recreational resource for the city, while educating the public on issues affecting our water quality'

Start-up + Pool’s project describes its goal as ‘reclaiming the river as a recreational resource for the city, while educating the public on issues affecting our water quality’

The plan is called + Pool after the shape of the plus sign designed for swimmers looking for all forms of distraction.

One arm of the pool is for children, another for swimming laps, the third for water sports and the fourth for lounging.

The pool is fed by river water that has undergone a cleaning process to be filtered of ‘bacteria and contaminants’ so that only ‘clean, safe and swimable river water’ remains.

The project’s website states, ‘Manhattan is an island – literally surrounded by water – but we haven’t been able to swim safely in the river for decades.

The plan is called + Pool after its plus sign shape that is intended for swimmers looking for all forms of distraction

One arm of the pool is for children, another for swimming laps, the third for water sports and the fourth for lounging

The plan is called + Pool after its plus sign shape that is intended for swimmers looking for all forms of distraction

‘It started with a simple idea: instead of trying to clean the whole river, what if you started cleaning one by one? And what if you could change how New Yorkers see their rivers just by giving them a chance to swim in them?

+ POOL will clean more than 600,000 liters of river water every day. No chemicals, no chlorine, only natural river water. ‘

The guys behind the big idea are architect Dong-Ping Wong, 31, of the New York architectural firm Family and graphic designers Archie Lee Coates IV, 28, and Jeffrey Franklin, 28, of the PlayLab, Inc. design studio.

One arm of the pool is for children, another for swimming laps, the third for water sports and the fourth for lounging

One arm of the pool is for children, another for swimming laps, the third for water sports and the fourth for lounging

The project was conceived in 2010 and had raised more than $ 41,000 in fundraising by 2011, when it was first presented to city officials.

Once it got the go-ahead, a Kickstarter fundraiser raised more than $ 300,000 in 2013, which went to a prototype that was tested in the Hudson River in 2014.

The start-up has since progressed with its idea until the Covid-19 pandemic halted the entire project.

Speaking to Curbed on Friday, Kara Meyer, director of + Pool, said they have now received the green light for the next phase of the process.

‘We have a house. Mayor candidates are talking about… We’re moving forward, ”she said.

The start-up will then have to struggle with financing. The cost of the pool is expected to be between $ 20 million and $ 25 million, most or all of which will have to come from private income.

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