They broke ground on McCarren Park pool and what is supposed to be a recreational facility to be the end all, be all.

“The restoration of McCarren Pool is a dream come true for all New Yorkers,” said Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe. “Thanks to Mayor Bloomberg’s commitment through PlaNYC, this historic WPA-era pool that had been abandoned for more than a generation is finally being transformed, providing for swimming in the summer, ice skating in the winter, and year-round indoor fitness and recreation. I am grateful to the entire community for their advocacy and their input into this facility, which will be a state-of-the-art recreational oasis for the neighborhood.”

Located within the 35-acre McCarren Park, the McCarren Pool complex is anticipated to reopen during the spring of 2012.

I for one am looking forward to seeing how this turns out and I’m glad the project has started. As someone who vaguely remembers when the pool was open (I was 9 when it closed) and spent years overlooking the pool in its decay from my various 126 classrooms, this is a good thing. I enjoyed the interim space as a concert venue but the place was and is supposed to be a pool and I’m glad to see it returning to its original purpose, 2.0 style.

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