Since I arrived in New York a couple months ago I have had the chance to discover surprising and exciting places all over the city which were once developed by the city administration, by private entities or by non-profit organisations. This city is home to 8.5 million inhabitants and these projects shape it into a more lively and inclusive place to be visited and lived. The High Line, the Low Line, PlaNYC… are initiatives that promote public space and reclaim the urban space for the people.
Last week I come upon another interesting project in-progress for public space, a 25,000 sq ft pool for the people of the city. Manhattan is surrounded by water, but the New Yorkers haven’t been able to swim in the river since 1938. + Pool could end with this situation, this water-filtering, floating swimming pool will filter the very river water that it floats in through the walls of the pool, making the water clean for swimming.
+ Pool reclaims the river as a recreational resource for the city, while educating the public about issues affecting our water quality. As a non-profit it also takes action on preservation and restoration of naturals bodies of water, promoting water management and educating the public about the importance of keeping water clean.
If you would like to swim in the river and want to support the project you can sign the petition at swimintheriver.com!