From bans on gas stoves to an increasingly daunting housing shortage, New York is facing several serious crises.
But these issues don’t seem to faze progressive politicians who would rather spend money on useless junk that citizens don’t really care about.
And now New York Gov. Kathy Hochul is fine with wasting millions of dollars on a weird pet project that most New Yorkers don’t even want – or need.
Hochul supports a new floating swimming pool in NYC
A unique proposal would add a strange sight to the murky waters of the East River in New York City: a plus sign-shaped floating swimming pool.
The plan is one step closer to coming to fruition after the state’s Governor, Kathy Hochul, threw her support behind the $12 million project, dubbed +Pool.
Her commitment has created a new buzz around the idea, which was first proposed over a decade ago.
At the time, most people dismissed the concept — a self-filtering swimming pool shaped like a plus sign.
And ever since the idea became public, several private backers have fought against a barrage of city and state regulations.
According to Hochul, she plans to help fast-track the “long-stalled, much-debated innovative floating pool concept” and said that a “demonstration” version would be tested this summer.
If the demo pool is a success and the plan goes through, the real thing will be scheduled to open to the public by the summer of 2025.
Hochul also proposed more new swimming pools and new lifeguards throughout the state.
She proposed the idea, as a public health initiative that would lead to more children learning how to swim, while also providing more places for New Yorkers to cool off and take a dip.
If Hochul’s other proposals are approved, a grant worth $60 million would allow for the construction of 10 new pools in “underserved communities.”
Another $30 million would pay for “pop-up pools” during times of extreme heat.
According to a spokesperson for Hochul, the funding for +Pool is coming from existing grants; therefore, it doesn’t need the approval of lawmakers, although NYC Mayor Eric Adams said the city would contribute another $4 million toward the project.
A public pool crisis?
In recent years, New York has experienced a shortage of lifeguards that has led to several beach and pool closures as well as swim lesson cancellations throughout the state.
Budget cuts that Adams ordered last year also led to the dwindling of funds for a variety of swim programs throughout the Big Apple.
There aren’t many details about the floating pool, including exactly where it would be located or who will be responsible for its maintenance and operation.
The city’s Parks Department oversees public pools and would likely be involved in some way, according to a spokesperson for Adams.
The managing director of +Pool, Kara Meyer, said that the pool would be run by a nonprofit organization called Friends of +Pool.
She claims that after the pool is added, “New York’s waterfronts are going to look very different.”
Informed American will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.