Dumpster Pools Create Urban Oases

"I can tell you that it's a great urban contribution," said Marvel. "The Dumpsters will get recycled back into use, the water will be used to irrigate the plants in the area, and the tarps that are lining the Dumpsters will be used for construction sites. It's a project that really walks the walk in terms of recycling its components and repurposing them."

Little Money, Big Impact

Marvel, whose firm has also worked in revitalizing pools such as the McCarren Park Pool in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, says the most important part of the Dumpster pools projects is the large impact the small venture is having.

"What impressed me so much was that it was all done with very little money by people that wanted to bring people together and use resources intelligently," said Marvel. "Plus, people are using fewer resources to have summertime fun in the sun and they're getting to know their neighbor which is going to create a healthier community."

After getting so much positive feedback, Macro Sea is moving forward with their next venture for the fall. They've just made a deal to renovate their first abandoned strip mall in Atlanta.

"The plan is to have outdoor movies, concerts, and a lecture series in the parking lot," said Belt. "We also have new retail concepts where people will have places to hang out as well as shop. And we may even have some Dumpster pools as well."

Now Atlanta will be able to experience Macro Sea's literal spin on the concept of "trash to treasure."

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