Public Pools in the Charles River

5/17/2009 Uncategorized

I attended the thesis reviews at the New School/Parsons on Thursday, May 7 and saw an inspiring proposal by Margot Otten for a series of public pools along the Hudson River.  The main pool was an enclosed Olympic-sized pool that could be opened to the weather during the summer.  The other pools in the complex were more directly connected to the Hudson River, whether as basins of filtered river water or as framed sections of the Hudson River itself.   The pools that used river water also took advantage of the two foot tidal change in the cross-section of the pool edges.

This proposal reminded me of discussions we had a few years ago about proposing a similar facility in the Charles River along the MIT embankment. Former Governor William Weld could take the first dive.