Tuesday, October 31, 2006

In the News: Two More Ladies in the Harbor, a Floating Pool and the Woman Who Had the Idea for It

NYC Department of Parks introduced its new floating pool yesterday as it sailed into the Harbor (all the way from Louisiana!). The project is the vision of Ann Buttenwieser who, like many of us, is interested in attracting residents back to the waterfront. We here at the CMRC hope that this is just the first of many floating parks along our shores and also that one day we will actually be able to swim in, as opposed to on, our local waters again...JB

By James Barron
October 31, 2006

So yesterday the floating pool lady finally got to watch the Floating Pool Lady arrive in New York. The floating pool lady is Ann L. Buttenwieser, a former Parks Department official who had a brainstorm 25 years ago: Why not put a swimming pool on a barge and moor it somewhere along the city’s 578 miles of waterfront?

The Floating Pool Lady is the barge. Standing in a terrace garden in Lower Manhattan yesterday, Ms. Buttenwieser watched the Floating Lady float by after it glided under the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and past Governors Island. It is now more pool than cargo hauler, but it is still not quite ready for its next life as a destination for dog-paddling, backstroking New Yorkers.

Read more:

NYC Department of Parks and Recreation Pools

Swim NYC - Manhattan Island Foundation

Image:Floating Pool Arrives in NYC. Tyler Hicks/NYTimes

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