If you’re familiar with New York’s East River, you may have heard that the water is not very clean. In fact, the river has been considered dirty since the 1930s. New Yorkers are generally aware that it is polluted and not suitable for swimming, but the “+ POOL” project could soon change all that. This floating pool proposal should allow New Yorkers to return to the waters of the East River while having a positive impact on the environment.
Indeed, this crazy dream is certainly going to become reality thanks to the work and the overflowing imagination of four architects. They (Archie Lee Coates IV, Jeff Franklin, Dong-Ping Wong and Oana Stanescu) have designed an Olympic-sized public pool in the shape of a “+” that could be built in the East River. At first, about 10 years ago, the idea seemed hard to believe. But after numerous presentations and meetings with local public stakeholders, it seems to be gaining credibility. The + POOL project has attracted the attention of New York City mayoral candidate Andrew Yang, as well as celebrities like Kanye West and Neil Patrick Harris. No official date has been set yet, but one thing is certain: it’s moving in the right direction.
The designers explain that this new step comes after nearly two years of review of the project by the city and the NYCEDC (New York City Economic Development Corporation). During this time, the designers of this unique pool worked hand in hand with several engineers specialized in water filtration to improve its capabilities. And the results were, to say the least, particularly conclusive.
A pool with exceptional filtration capabilities
The current proposal would be able to filter 2,271,000 liters of polluted water from the East River every day. As you can see, this means that its impact goes far beyond the simple possibility for New Yorkers to swim and enjoy a moment of relaxation with a breathtaking view of Manhattan. The many positive points of the + POOL project are winning over a large segment of opinion in the city, both culturally and environmentally.
We can only hope that this incredible public pool will become a reality!