Brooklyn Bridge Park seeks funding for pool

January 10, 2011 12:05PM

Officials at Brooklyn Bridge Park have announced that they’re applying to dock a brand new floating pool at the yet-to-be-built Pier 5 just north of Atlantic Avenue. The city took over the $350-million park last year, but doesn’t yet have the $5 to $10 million it needs to build out the dock where the pool would moor, the Brooklyn Paper reported. A timeline is not yet set for the pool’s construction, while financing is still being secured for Piers 2 through 5. Elected officials are supportive of the plan. “It is a lot of money, but … a pool is an important amenity,” said state Sen. Daniel Squadron. Last year, park officials obtained funding for a $5-million footbridge from Squibb Park in Brooklyn Heights, and they are currently looking for an operator of a restaurant space on Pier 6. A new bike path from one end of the park to the other is already completed, while plans to build volleyball courts on Pier 6 and tetherball on Pier 2 are in place as well. [Brooklyn Paper]