Just around this time last summer, I blogged about Brooklyn design collective Macro-Sea’s renegade Dumpster pool parties (the collective is also responsible for the smash-tastic ‘Glassphemy’ installation project) where, with a little DIY magic, old construction Dumpsters were rehabbed into urban swimming holes.
Well, what do you know, it looks like the Dumpster pool concept has officially hit the mainstream: As reported by the New York Times, the Bloomberg administration enlisted Macro-Sea, in collaboration with Vamos Architects, to design three Dumpster pools that will be open to New Yorkers from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first three Saturdays in August. And this time around, the location of the pools will be anything but hush-hush — they’ll be plopped down in the middle of bustling Park Avenue between 40th and 41st streets in Midtown Manhattan as part of the traffic-free Summer Streets Initiative.
Donated to the city free of charge by Macro-Sea, the repurposed Dumpsters will be accompanied by decks with nonstick rubber surfaces, changing-room cabanas, restrooms, and lifeguards provided by Crunch Gym. The pools, complete with water filtration systems, will be about 8 feet wide, 22 feet long, and between 3 and 5 ½ feet deep … so there’s definitely no diving permitted into these special Dumpsters. During the week, the pools will sit be locked up and sit curbside, just like any other Dumpster you’d see around the streets of Manhattan.
New York City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Kahn tells the New York Times:
While they have been lovingly referred to as Dumpster pools, don’t let the name fool you. These are clean, compliant mobile pools that will put even more ‘park’ into Park Avenue. It will almost be like a Park Avenue boardwalk.