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McCarren Park Pool

Image of A rendering of the renovated McCarren Pool.

PlaNYC Project Overview

Located within the 35-acre McCarren Park, McCarren Pool was one of eleven pools opened by Robert Moses in 1936. The pool closed in 1984 and sat unused until the summer of 2005, when the empty pool basin opened as a popular venue for concerts, dance, and movies. Thanks to the $50 million in funding allocated through Mayor Bloomberg's PlaNYC initiative, McCarren Pool is being rebuilt as a center for year-round recreation for the residents of northern Brooklyn.

The rehabilitation of the Pool preserves the historic bathhouse building and entry arch. The project includes a swimming pool, recreation center, snack shop, and rooftop café. The pool "beach" can accommodate an ice skating rink in the winter. Arts and music events will return to McCarren after the pool reopens.

DPR is seeking a LEED Silver rating for the project to ensure the materials and construction methods are ecologically sensitive. Salvaged wood from the Coney Island Boardwalk will be used for interior partitions and exterior screens.


Construction of the pool and bathouse: Fall 2009–Spring 2012


Fall 2011

Construction is 79 percent complete. Brick work throughout the site and interior walls is progressing. Topping of the pool deck is underway.

We expect to complete the construction in spring 2012.

PlaNYC McCarren Park Community Survey

Download the results of the PlaNYC McCarren Park Community Survey. (PDF, 581 KB)

Related Links

McCarren Park Homepage
McCarren Skate Park Site Plan, [PDF, 1.3 MB]
The Reconstruction of McCarren Pool Project Overview , [PDF, 5.32 MB]