Park Avenue shoppers may have an excuse to go dumpster diving.
For the first three Saturdays in August New Yorkers can take a refreshing dip in a dumpster that has been retrofitted into a pool. The dumpsters are part of the New York City Department of Transportation’s Summer Streets program. The program now in its third year is known for closing Park Avenue and its connecting streets from Central Park to the Brooklyn Bridge.
The dumpsters will be lining the famous avenue will be found between 40th and 41st St. with Grand Central Terminal as its backdrop. The pools are converted eight foot by 22 feet long dumpsters that have been cleaned. A protective liner will also add another layer of safety as well as a filtration system that is mandatory for all pools.
The pools will then have to meet the same health codes as all city pools.
A five-foot-wide metal deck with a nonstick rubber surface will encircle Dumpster pools. The surrounding streets will house changing-room cabanas, portable showers and portable toilets.
The pools will be open from 7 a.m. to 1p.m. At the end of the day a heavy mesh will cover the pools. The containers will then act just like their construction counterparts and sit curbside until the next Saturday.