McCarren Pool Temporarily Closes; Reopens To Long Lines

June 30, 2012 Heather Chin
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The newly reopened McCarren Park Pool closed early on its first Friday after a group of teenagers allegedly attacked lifeguards for telling them to stop doing back-flips into the pool.

NYC Parks Department spokesperson Vicki Karp told the New York Times that the fight broke out shortly after 6 p.m. on June 29 and that there were no serious injuries. NO arrests were reported.

The remodeled pool — last in use in 1974 — opened on schedule at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 30, to long lines of Brooklynites from Williamsburg, Greenpoint and beyond, all seeking a cool, watery respite from the sweltering 90- to 100-degree heat. However, the 1,500-person outdoor pool was over capacity by 1 p.m., and Parks Department employees put a halt to new entrants until existing swimmers left.

According to Captain Komar of the 94th Precinct, who was one of thousands of attendees at the McCarren Pool grand reopening ceremony on Thursday, June 28, there will usually be two officers designated for pool duty on a daily basis. That number does not, however, include the many officers present on opening day and for a period during opening weekend to help with crowd control.

It is unknown at this time whether more officers will be made available as a result of the large crowds currently flocking to McCarren Pool.

The park and pool are primarily staffed by non-police/peace personnel from the Parks Department, none of whom have arrest or summons authority, and most of whom do not receive training for safety enforcement.


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