For 60 years, beginning in 1870, floating pools lined the Hudson and East Rivers where New Yorkers could swim safely. In the 1930s, the threat of water pollution closed the pools down. Folk music legend and River Pool co-founder Pete Seeger originally proposed the idea of a modern version of these floating pools used in New York City a century ago.
Five years after submitting plans to the state for construction, the River Pool at Beacon officially opened to swimmers mid summer 2007.
The support of New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the Durst Organization, the Abrons Foundation, the Hudson River Foundation, and numerous individual donors made the original River Pool construction possible.
Meta Brunzema Architect P.C., a New York City-based design firm with extensive experience in design and development of innovative devised the rainbow River Pool located off the north shore of Pete and Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park.
This rainbow pool is nearing the end of its design life. In anticipation of a need and desire for a larger pool, the organization is continuing to develop plans from the marine engineering firm, Ocean and Coastal Consultants in Trumbull, CT, for the design and construction of a larger pool suitable for both kids and adults. Although no site is available yet, River Pool is actively exploring site availability.
Emphasis on public safety, environmental sensitivity, and challenges presented by the river, will continue to be at the forefront of present and future River Pool at Beacon projects.