Dumpster Diving on Park Avenue

Turning New York City's Streets into a Playground

The pools are one of the highlights of the Summer Streets program run by New York City's Department of Transportation. As part of Summer Streets, seven miles of city streets are shut down to traffic on the first three Saturdays in August. The streets are open for walking, biking, running and rollerblading, and include performances by various arts groups.

"For the fraction of the cost of building a park, you're creating this new public amenity," Simons said.

For the department of transportation, dumpster pools were the perfect fit for the program, showcasing the city's homegrown ingenuity. Simons said, "People do really amazing stuff with found materials and you can really re-imagine the way you use things that we use every day."

New Yorkers have two more Saturdays to enjoy the pools, which are set up on Park Avenue between East 40th and 41st streets.

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