FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
PARKS & COMMUNITY REIMAGINE BROOKLYN’S McCARREN POOL, CLOSED SINCE 1984
Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe today joined Council Members David Yassky and Diana Reyna, Sens Productions’ Noemie LaFrance, and a representative from Ron Delsener Presents to announce the interim use of McCarren Pool as a public events venue. McCarren Pool, located at the northern end of McCarren Park in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, was closed to the public in 1984.
"McCarren Pool, once the centerpiece of the Greenpoint and Williamsburg communities, has a new lease on life," said Commissioner Benepe. "For the first time in 21 years, the public will have access to this Brooklyn landmark. And, we look forward to a lively discussion as to its permanent future."
Noemie LaFrance’s neighborhood-based Sens Productions, which performed a site-specific dance at the press announcement, and Ron Delsener Presents are together donating $250,000 to the project. In addition, LaFrance, a choreographer, is staging the public work Agora, to be performed in the pool from September 13 through 24, 2005. Ron Delsener Presents intends to organize a number of concerts during the spring and summer of 2006. Neighborhood contractor Blaine Wolf is performing construction work at discounted rates and on an accelerated timetable.
Last week, construction began to convert McCarren Pool into a public events venue. The contractor created an access path off Leonard Street and installed a new double gate, cleared the pool deck and floor drains, began applying new stucco to the inside of the arch, and started clearing the excess vegetation. Last Thursday, the Mayor’s Graffiti Task Force sent two paint crews to cover the graffiti on the bathhouse and accessory buildings. In the next several weeks, the contractor will install a low rail around the pool, install or fix perimeter fencing as needed, reset a granite step, cement various trip hazards, clean and shore up the ticket booth, and re-landscape the perimeter.
McCarren Pool was the eighth of 11 giant pools opened by the Works Progress Administration in 1936. This mammoth pool could once hold 6,800 swimmers.