Dry Dock is Another ‘Cool Pool’ Undergoing Cleanup for the Summer
Something as simple as a fresh coat of paint and updated decor has reinvigorated public pools around the Five Boroughs. It’s part of the city’s so-called “Cool Pools” initiative, which boosted overall attendance last year by 27.2%, per published reports.
This summer, the Dry Dock pool in Alphabet City will get the treatment. And, to that end, construction work is already underway.
For about $70,000 per pool, the agency added colorful, inviting murals, lounge chairs and plantings. Parks staffers are on hand to provide programming at the sites ranging from fitness classes to deck games.
Support from Coincilwoman Carlina Rivera and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer helped push through the renovations.
The Dry Dock Playground opened in June 1975, and took its name from the surrounding Dry Dock District. This nickname was designated in the mid-19th century due to the bustling activity of more than 2,000 local iron works and ship fitters at the time.
Cool Pool work is under way at Dry Dock on Avenue D! Thank you @NYCParks for looking after this popular but aging space. Looking forward to opening day! @GaleBrewerNYC @CarlinaRivera pic.twitter.com/Kn5MW4hOr6
— East River Alliance (@eastriverallies) March 16, 2019