Andy Kim is a former GOVERNING staff writer.
In August, New Yorkers will be able to dive into Dumpsters -- not to rummage through trash, but to escape the summer heat. The New York Times reports that as a part of New York City’s Summer Streets initiative, three Dumpster pools will be opened for the public on the first three Saturdays of August. The mobile pools are bit larger than typical Dumpsters and will have protective liners and water filtration systems to keep everything sanitary. Sections of city streets will be closed to traffic in order to accommodate the pools, along with cabanas, showers and portable toilets. A NYC-based gym will donate lifeguards to watch over swimmers. Patrons who would like to spend an afternoon splashing around will be handed free entry bracelets on a first-come, first-served basis. The Dumpster conversions will be done by a Brooklyn development company, at no expense to the city. This five-minute Babelgum video shows the development of a smaller-scale Brooklyn project from 2009 – whose success helped inspired the Dumpster pools’ use in the Summer Streets initiative.