We all love the free pools in Brooklyn. But nothing puts a damper on enjoying them like having to close a pool to to clean up a Superfund site. Which, to be fair, isn’t normally an issue. But a part of the plan to clean up the Gowanus Canal involves putting a tank to catch raw sewage under the site of the Double D pool in Gowanus, which would mean closing the pool for the summer. So Gowanus residents and anyone else who cares about them having a pool are having a rally on Saturday to try to save it.
The rally, which will happen on Saturday, June 29 at the corner of Douglass and Nevins Streets at 10:30am, is taking place so that residents, environmental advocates and elected officials can let it be known that any cleanup plan has to protect the pool. Members of Friends of Douglas/Greene Park will be there, and they’ll be joined by city council members Letitia James, Brad Lander and Steven Levin. If the pool does have to be closed, advocates for it are demanding a quick replacement, and for it to be paid for by Superfund money.