Swimmers are taking advantage of Brooklyn Bridge Park's pop-up pool, a great way to beat the summer heat. NY1's Jon Weinstein filed the following report.
There might not be a more scenic place to swim in the city than at the pop-up pool in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
"It's beautiful," said one person at the pool. "It's right near the river. It's shallow, so it's easy to manage."
"It's like a resort. It's amazing," said another person. "And it's so close. We live five minutes away. It's clean. They got these amazing umbrellas here. The kids play in the sand. It's all enclosed and safe. It's fantastic."
Each day here, from the end of school in June through Labor Day, starts with lessons for young kids. Those are both for fun and safety.
"It teaches you life safety skills," said lifeguard Rebecca Bauer. "If you're ever in any type of worst-case scenario situation, if you just know how the basics work, even a doggy paddle, you'll be able to save yourself."
Roughly 500 people a day and 30,000 people every summer seek refuge from the heat here.
"The thing that makes it really, really special is its amazing location in Brooklyn Bridge Park, which offers so many amenities and activities for folks all across the city," said Nancy Webster, executive director of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy.
It is free to swim here. Each session runs 45 minutes and accommodates 60 people. The pool is open to the public every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., which is good news for the pool's biggest fans.
"I love swimming in the pool all the time," said one young swimmer.
"It's my favorite, and I can swim with my mommy," said another.
The lessons cost $125 for 10 sessions in the course of two weeks. There is still some availability for later in the summer. For more information on that, visit brooklynbridgepark.org.
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NY1's Jon Weinstein ended one of his morning reports from Brooklyn Bridge Park's pop-up pool with a splash.