Friends of + POOL
Announces Prospective sites
for + POOL's launch
(New York, NY. June 22, 2015) Friends of + POOL, the nonprofit arm of the water filtering public pool project, announced today its plans to begin a city wide site feasibility study this summer for the launch of + POOL, designed by Family & PlayLab for the New York Harbor. The organization is working with marine engineers and water quality experts to analyze feasibility of 10 sites including Bush Terminal Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Domino Sugar Factory, Governor’s Island, Hallet’s Point, Hudson River Park, Hunter’s Point, St. George, Transmitter Park and Two Bridges.
“Last summer was huge: we proved + POOL’s technology works consistently any given day of the summer, no matter what was in the water. Now it’s getting more real than ever. We’re analyzing the technical and structural feasibility of various sites in the harbor to understand where exactly is the best place for + POOL. After this testing, we’ll be finishing site-specific final designs so we can hand them off to the city, apply for permits, build this thing and finally all swim in the river together,” says Archie Lee Coates, co-designer of the project and co-founder of Friends of + POOL.
+ POOL launched on Kickstarter in 2011, with a second Kickstarter in 2013, raising over $310K in funds to test Family & PlayLab’s filtration concept, which will clean New York river water to pool quality without using chemicals. The pool is estimated to clean 600,000 gallons of water per day.
Last summer, with the support of Arup, The River Project and Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, the team proved that + POOL’s technology is not only possible, but filters river water - in the worst conditions - to meet the city’s water quality standards for pools.