River Pool On-Hudson

This exciting and innovative structure is intended to provide a safe area for swimming and wading in the Hudson River for people of all ages and to promote use, awareness and stewardship of the Hudson River. The first phase of the River Pool is a 20’ prototype wading pool, which will be used to test the concepts and materials. A larger, full use swimming pool will be constructed during Phase 2.

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Quick Dip in River Pool at Beacon in the Hudson River

Did you know that river pools were being used by New Yorkers as far back as 1870, but ended in 1930 because of water pollution? And not just one – several pools dotted the river for city folk to enjoy. Thanks to Toshi and Pete Seeger, this pool not only happened, but is part of the environmental changes that Seeger helped lead in this region to clean the water.

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Reclaiming the River

Train tracks and industrial buildings are not the only things that separate so many Hudson River communities from the water itself. Decades of pollution have long discouraged people who live on the river from using it in any pleasurable way. Certainly that was the case in Beacon, New York.

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+Pool

New York is on a roll with high-profile public spaces lately. Following the success of the High Line, which recently extended its walkway to 30th Street, three New York-based designers are now coming together to create the next big splash. + Pool is a proposal by Dong-Ping Wong, Archie Lee Coates IV and Jeffrey Franklin, to build a plus-shaped floating pool in the East River.

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A River Runs Through It

As architect Meta Brunzema says, “This pool design was something that had never been done before.” A safe place for young children to swim, it is also a means of inexpensive river access, a lesson in river stewardship, an experimental prototype for a larger design, and finally a model that can be adapted by other river communities around the country.

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River Pool at Beacon – Welcome to River Pool


Bringing Back The River Pool

For 60 years, beginning in 1870, the Hudson and East Rivers were lined with floating pools full of New Yorkers swimming safely in the currents. But in the 1930s, water pollution closed them down. Now some people in our area are working to revive the tradition of the river pool.

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Best of Hudson Valley History

Five years after plans for its construction were submitted to the state, the River Pool at Beacon officially opened to swimmers last July. The pool, 20 feet in diameter and between two and two-and-a-half feet deep, is situated off the north shore of Beacon’s Riverfront Park, and can hold 20 bathers.

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