By Flora Keim | FBW | August 24, 2016
The time for Hoboken to accept the offer from The Neptune Foundation came and went very quickly and people were not happy with the outcome. They had decided to move the pool to the East River near Brooklyn Bridge Park Beach. Former Mayor David Roberts had been saying that Pier C wouldn’t be ready for another two years, and that The Neptune Foundation had been looking for a location for a pool. That since their plan is to put them in the New York Metropolitan area; there will possibly be another offer in two years when Pier C Park was ready. Even though Hoboken lost the opportunity to have a floating pool, former Mayor Roberts said that this might be better in the short term for costs, but that there will be more research to see if there could be the chance of getting a pool in Hoboken by 2005 or 2006. (Source: Hoboken Reporter.)
Hoboken 10 years later and still is no floating pool on our side of the river, but that might change soon. There’s an organization called + Pool, and their plan is to make a swimming pool using water from the Hudson River. Their idea is that the walls will have built in filters that will filter out any bacteria and contaminates to have safe river water that people will want to swim in. It will have no chemicals or additives in it, just clean river water. By doing this, not only will it give people the chance to swim in the river, but it’ll help the efforts to clean up the river’s waterways as well. The developers of + Pool see it as a filtering system to help clean the water and fix the ecosystem below it. Mentioning bringing oysters back so they can also help in waste removal, which would fit very nicely with the Billion Oyster Project. One member of the development team even said that when changing the filter, keep one of the used filters out to show people what is in the river and has been filtered out. Now, as gross as that sounds, that may be something that people will use as a motivation to help clean up the river water.
This organization also takes into account of storms and hurricanes. Being on a constantly moving body of water, dealing with waves, high and low tides, and anything related to that, they’ve done their research and are looking into the best remedies. For now, their idea is to just have the pool tethered to the riverbed. So the pool will move, but only with waves from the river and motions like that. They are looking for the best ways to secure the pool so that way, during any event, it will stay where it is supposed to be. Because, if by chance, another hurricane Sandy event occurs, someone could get a floating swimming pool in their backyard. How does one deal with a situation like that? To keep that from happening, the organization is going to continue their research on the best ways to keep a situation such as that from happening. (Source: + Pool.)