Swimming in New York City rivers is not advised. However, the innovators at Family and PlayLab refused to allow that any longer and ideated the + POOL. Reaching their goal of $250,000 on Kickstarter, this project is officially underway. The end goal? A giant filtered pool in the shape of a plus sign for kids, athletes, and loungers that can either be divided into sections or open completely for play.
The initial idea came from the will to clean New York City’s rivers. If this project does make it to the finish line, it will allow folks in Manhattan to swim in clean water for the first time in over 100 years. One tile at a time, this swimming pool will be built in 3 stages.
The first was a test tank in 2011; the second stage is the float lab. The 35’ x 35’ Float Lab in the East River will be constructed this August to educate the public about this project and test filtration materials in real-river conditions. The third and final stage is the + POOL which will be comprised of 70,000 tiles that are available for purchase at around $200. If all the tiles are bought, it will completely fund the $15 million construction budget.
Buy your tile today and even get your name engraved on “the world’s first water-filtering floating pool.”