Here's All You Need To Know About The World's First Floating Pool
Who would have thought that a doodled image by an architect could turn into what is being mulled as the world's first floating pool? That, too, on a river in New York City. The city dwellers for years have been known to travelling to other cities or to nearby artificials pools to take a swim even though the city is home to two rivers including Hudson River and East River. Why? Because these rivers are dirty and polluted. But, soon they will be able to take a dip in the filtered water of the city rivers.
Named as +Pool, this idea was introduced by one of the four architects of this floating pool, Oana Stanescu. What's the most striking feature of this pool is that it filters the river water, cleaning it of all impurities. The project was kickstarted with the simple goal that instead of cleaning the whole river why not start by cleaning a small portion of the river and try to change the way New Yorkers see the rivers.
The project of designing and building an Olympic-sized floating swimming pool on the Brooklyn banks of the East River, in New York and simultaneously cleaning the river began in the year 2010.
The project was taken up by a group of architects Oana Stanescu, Dong-Ping Wong, Jeff Franklin and Archie Lee Coates. The idea won the support of State Senator Daniel Squadron. The funds for the massive project was pooled through crowd funding which was done through a website Kickstarter, specially designed for the project. The long-term goal for the 9,000-square-foot +POOL is to raise $15 million. The completion of the final stage of the +POOL's development would take additional five years.
The +Pool is designed to filter almost half a million gallons of river water using a giant mesh suspended in the river which would float in it and filter the very same river water. It has a filtration system, which would remove bacteria and contaminants, without any chemicals and additives to give clean water suitable for swimming, that meets the standards of both the city and state. The +Pool is designed so that it can be used by people of any all age group, simultaneously. It has four pools in one in the shape of a massive plus (+).