Rejoice, swimmerS: The Brooklyn Bridge Park pop-up pool will live to see another year. The park announced today that the temporary pop-up pool, located at the site of the future Pier 2 uplands, will return next summer for one more season.
The 30-by-50-foot swimming hole first opened for the 2012 season, with a city contract and the understanding it would close for good in 2016. When that expired at the end of last summer, though, its popularity—and a push from local politicians—helped it to get extended for another year. Now, it’s been given yet another reprieve, giving Brooklynites one last chance at free summer dips in 2018.
The chances of there being a third reprieve are looking slim, though: construction at the uplands is expected to kick off in the fall of 2018, bringing an end to the beachy pop-up—but not, pool crusaders hope, the end of swimming in Brooklyn Bridge Park. In BBP’s release announcing the extension, a rep for the grassroots group Love Our Pool called the move “necessary first step” towards LOP’s ultimate goal: “securing a permanent pool in Brooklyn Bridge Park.”