Pool Party

A giant floating pool is coming to a New York City river this year

One thing resorts offer meeting attendees that they can’t get in New York City is a relaxing poolside reception. But that’s about to change.

The long-promised +Pool — a water-filtering floating pool — will be tested during summer 2024 in the water around the city. +Pool received $12 million from New York State and $4 million from New York City to pilot and scale our water-filtering, floating pool design across the state. “If successful, it’ll go citywide in 2025,” said New York Mayor Eric Adams.

Governor Kathy Hochul and the nonprofit Friends of + POOL plan to launch an approx. 2,000 sq. ft. version of the water-filtering swimming pool utilizing + POOL’s design and technology. The
installation in New York City this summer will demonstrate how the + POOL, and its unique filtration system, will provide safe public access to our waters and meet new regulations outlined by the government. “It will also contribute to the assessment of a variety of sites for the build out of pools across the State. Bringing river swimming to New Yorkers through + POOL will help New York State take meaningful steps towards the goals of the Clean Water Act,” Governor Hochul declared.

The +Pool proposal has been floating around New York City for years. Past renderings had it placed in the East River, while an NY1 reporter cited sources who said it could go in the Hudson River. When completed, the plus-shaped floating swimming pool will filter water through its walls, cleaning more than 1,000,000 gallons of water a day without chemicals or additives. In addition to contributing to the health of New York State’s waters, + POOL’s is adaptable; able to be reconfigured for lap swimming, lounging, watersports, and children’s activities. Each configuration can be used independently, combined to form an Olympic-length pool or opened completely into a 9,000 square foot pool for play. “It’s a really exciting time because New York’s water is going to look a lot different in the next couple of years,” Kara Meyer, managing director for +Pool said.

Any thoughts, opinions, or news? Please share them with me at vince@meetingsevents.com.

Photo Credit: POOL Rendering, 2024. Designed by Family New York & Playlab, Inc. Image by proto, Courtesy of Friends of + POOL

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