River Pool at Beacon
- Idea That's Finally Come to Fruition
Best of Hudson Valley Winners: 2008
Pick: Editors' Picks
About: Five years after plans for its construction were submitted to the state, the River Pool at Beacon officially opened to swimmers last July. The pool, 20 feet in diameter and between two and two-and-a-half feet deep, is situated off the north shore of Beacon's Riverfront Park, and can hold 20 bathers. While many folks have expressed surprise at how small it is, everyone knows it was no small feat to get it built. Its innovative and environmentally friendly structure consists of a ring of rainbow-colored fiberglass seats anchored to the riverbed by rope, an underwater fence to prevent swimmers from drifting out of the pool, and a mesh netting floor stretched tight like a trampoline. The pool's water, carefully monitored for cleanliness, has thus far been close to pristine. Thanks in part to Pete Seeger, who first called for the pool to be built, the Hudson's come a long way in the last few decades (and, yes, still has a long way to go). The River Pool at Beacon is a quirky and imaginative example of just how much progress has been made.
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2008 Editors' Pick — Best Idea That's Finally Come to Fruition