Pop-up pool in Brooklyn kicks off its final summer season

The pop-up pool at Brooklyn Bridge Park kicked off its summer season Wednesday for the final time.

The pop-up pool at Brooklyn Bridge Park kicked off its summer season Wednesday for the final time. (6/29/16)

BROOKLYN - Community members are urging the city to keep Brooklyn Bridge Park's pop-up pool open.

For the last five summers, many people have called the park's pool a "hidden oasis" under the roar of traffic.

The contract for the pop-up pool expires after Labor Day, but city officials and neighbors say they want an extension.

The corporation that manages the pool says it ultimately hopes to create a space that can be used year-round.

"We love the pop-up pool too," said Belinda Cape, of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation. "And we're eager to work with our local elected officials to secure funding for a larger, permanent pool for Brooklyn Bridge Park."

Many protesters say they believe that once the current pool is demolished there won't be another one. 

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