NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement after the announcement that his multi-year effort to extend the Brooklyn Bridge Park pop-up pool has been successful, as stakeholders continue working on plans for a permanent pool:
“The push for active recreation is about building a park that is great locally and across Brooklyn. I’ve long believed that a pool in Brooklyn Bridge Park is a key part of that, which is why I secured the pop-up pool five years ago and have worked with the community to secure a permanent pool. With the extension of the pop-up pool, and continued commitment to work towards a permanent pool, it’s great news that Brooklyn Bridge Park and the City now agree: Brooklyn Bridge Park should have a pool.”
“This is a huge victory for ‘Love Our Pool: Families United For A Pool in Brooklyn Bridge Park,’ the community and park goers now and into the future. It shows that a community-driven effort, strong partnerships and a successful amenity can change minds and make a real difference. I appreciate that Brooklyn Bridge Park and the City have agreed on the importance of a pool, and thank ‘Love Our Pool,’ the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, my colleagues in government, former Assemblymember Millman, and the community for their ongoing efforts.”
Squadron and the Love Our Pool coalition have collected 1,000 petition signatures (online and in paper) in favor of preserving the pop-up pool. Squadron also released a report on pool usage earlier this summer, finding broad support for the pool and that it serves a broad community across Brooklyn.