Not only did all of New York City's public pools open today, but five special Cool Pools also made their debut.
As part of a pilot program, the city's Parks Department gave a makeover straight out of HGTV to five outdoor pools, one in each borough. Harlem's Sheltering Arms Pool on Amsterdam Avenue and 129th Street was the pick in Manhattan.
According to the NYC Parks' website, the city chose only medium-sized pools in underserved neighborhoods, and none had had a major renovation since they were built in the 1970s.
The changes at the Sheltering Arms Pool are simple but dramatic: bright blues and yellows add summery cheer to the facility's buildings, while chairs and umbrellas you're more likely to spot in a beach club invite swimmers to lounge by the pool. Cool graphic art–beachballs and popsicles–does its part to enliven drab chain link fences.
Parks spokeswoman Anessa Hodgson told amNY: "We wanted to make these sites warmer and more inviting, so we made targeted improvements."
Take a look for yourself–and get ready for some seriously beachy vibes.
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