+POOL Puzzle Collection
The World's First Water-filtering, Floating Swimming Pool
Location: New York's East River
What is +POOL?
+ POOL is a plus-shaped, water-filtering, floating swimming pool, designed to filter the very river that it floats in through the walls of the pool, making it possible for New Yorkers and its visitors to swim in clean river water. Friends of + POOL strives to reclaim the river as a recreational resource for the city, while educating the public about issues affecting our water quality.
Why a pool?
New York is an incredible place to live. You can do almost anything there. Anything, except swim in the river. Manhattan is an island — literally surrounded by water — but we haven’t been able to swim safely in the river for decades. It started with a simple idea: instead of trying to clean the entire river, what if you started by cleaning it piece by piece? And what if you could change how New Yorkers see their rivers, just by giving them a chance to swim in it? + POOL will clean more than 600,000 gallons of river water every single day. No chemicals, no chlorine, just natural river water.
When + POOL opens, it will be the first time New Yorkers have a safe space to access their river since 1938. That experience needs to be available for everybody. Friends of + POOL, a 501c3 non-profit, was created to also support the preservation, restoration and conservation of natural bodies of water; promote water stewardship; and educate the public about the importance of clean water.
Visit pluspool.org to learn more!
Photo: Rendering of + POOL in New York's E. River. Photo by LUXIGON-LA.