Gallery: Dumpster Dive LITERALLY Into a Guerrilla Dumpster Pool!

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Just in time for warm summer weather in NYC, we came across this AWESOME guerrilla design project: swimming pools in Brooklyn — made out of old dumpsters! We’re salivating at the thought of diving into one of these re-purposed trash receptacles to take a swim. (Certainly, a phrase we never thought we’d utter). No word on the pool’s exact location, (if we knew we would be there right now swimming), but read on for more insight into its creation!

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  1. EndlessPools December 8, 2010 at 10:07 am

    Absolutely brilliant. Add a Fastlane and you got yourself an Endless Pool!

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  4. rbm40 July 18, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    chupahunter must be a government official.. great idea for personal use…

  5. 1flyby1 September 6, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    The city use to have to low belly trucks with an open side that bolted together. They were then line with a plastic liner and filled from the fire hydrant (Johnny Pump) for Block Parties. Bell phone company used to have a van loaded with Music and amplifiers. They would set up speakers on the street poles and provide all type of free music for the block parties also.

  6. lineweight August 5, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    Check out more renderings of the dumpster pools at

  7. Virg July 27, 2009 at 11:51 am

    Any of these dumpster pools in or around Rochester NY?

  8. chupahunter July 23, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    This is totally cool, but completely breaks many building codes and health safety requirements for cities in the USA.

  9. artsychica July 23, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    What an amazing approach & a great design. My question is how would you treat a vessel like this? What sort of chemicals do you use to treat the water with?

  10. Geezerkatz July 22, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    Congratulations on such an innovative project and product. Are you actually making these units to sell? Curious as to what it would cost to get the basic dumpster, obviously same size it appears you use?

  11. Bridgette Meinhold July 10, 2009 at 11:13 am

    Hey Thanks Andrew!
    The dumpster pool is such a sweet idea. And renting one could totally work. Thanks for all the awesome pictures. Let us know if you get to go and how it was. I know you’ll be sworn to secrecy on the location, but looking at pictures of swimming is better than nothing.

  12. Andrew Wagner July 10, 2009 at 10:41 am

    Hey there folks. We had a reader comment over at our site about the idea of starting a business “renting dumpster pools” which I think sounds amazing. Then I thought, well, the Park(ing) Day folks should definitely start this trend! Anyhow, I also posted another photo of the pools under construction that people might want to check out. Take a look if you get the chance:

    Thanks for your interest!

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