Upcycled Dumpsters Make a Splash
Dumpster pools will drop into NYC this summer to keep folks cool during the hottest month of the year. For the first three Saturdays in August, the Bloomberg administration will open three Dumpster pools on the east side of Park Avenue between 40th and 41st Streets.
With Grand Central Terminal and the MetLife Building serving as a backdrop, the pools will be above ground, encircled by a five-foot-wide metal deck with a nonstick rubber surface and accompanied by several changing-room cabanas, portable showers and portable toilets.
“While they have been lovingly referred to as Dumpster pools, don’t let the name fool you,” said Janette Sadik-Khan, the city’s transportation commissioner. “These are clean, compliant mobile pools that will put even more ‘park’ into Park Avenue. It will almost be like a Park Avenue boardwalk.”
Each pool will be roughly 8 feet wide and 22 feet long, with a sloped bottom between 3 and 5 ½ feet deep — bigger than the typical Dumpster.