Gallery: Recycled Dumpster Pools Unveiled in NYC this Weekend!


Would you ever go dumpster diving? A whole lot of New York City residents did this weekend, as the city unveiled three unused dumpsters converted into small swimming pools as part of the third annual Summer Streets festival! The dumpster pools were laid out on Park Avenue this weekend for approximately 450 eager swimmers to enjoy.

Designed by Macro-Sea, each 50,000-pound pool features a layer of felt below 4,600 pounds of chlorinated water. The 8-by-22 pools are slightly on the small side — they only fit 10 people at a time and aren’t deep enough for diving — but they’re good for soaking.

We’d love to see more of these pop-up pools in places that don’t have the space or cash for full-sized versions. Because sometimes it’s just so hot that you’ll swim anywhere — even in a dumpster.

+ Macro-Sea



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  1. emprentiss August 13, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    I keep asking & no one seems to know, are they wheelchair accessible? If they’re a DoT project, which Summer Streets is, it is suppose to be accessible!

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