Everybody Into the (McCarren Park) Pool!

06/06/2012 4:00 AM |

Courtesy www.heresgreenpoint.com

The McCarren Park Pool was one of the eleven massive public pools built as WPA projects during the Depression; it opened in the summer of ’36, with a capacity of 6,800 swimmers. The pool declined with its neighborhood in the postwar years, closing in 1984, but the massive vacant space was rediscovered by enterprising Williamsburgers in the mid-aughts. It’s been featured in movies, and hosted them (it was the original venue for Summerscreen), as well as summer concerts (and dodgeball and waterslides). After a $50 million renovation, begun in 2009, the swimming pool will reopen with the rest of the city’s outdoor pools on June 28, after the end of the school year.

On a recent sweltering afternoon, we stood on Bedford and North 7th,
and asked passersby: Are you excited? Will you actually go?