The Goodhue Pool, a staple in the northern Staten Island community for decades, opened this week after renovations began last October.
Children and families, elected officials, community partners, and donors celebrated the opening on August 12. Council Member Debi Rose, Deputy Borough President Ed Burke, and community members tossed beach balls to children as they swam in the pool.
The Goodhue Pool renovations are part of a larger effort to preserve 37 acres of Goodhue Park as protected parkland, and build a new community center for Staten Island children and families. Staten Islanders have successfully advocated on behalf of Children’s Aid to keep the project moving forward.
The pool improvements include a new pool shell, decking, bathrooms, and lockers. The renovation was supported by a planning grant from Richmond County Savings Foundation and a capital grant from City Council Member Debi Rose.
“This opening represents the partnership of so many Staten Islanders, who joined together and amplified their voices so the children and youth of the Goodhue Center could have the pool they deserve,” said Children’s Aid Chief Operating Officer Don Shacknai. “I’m thrilled we can celebrate this milestone.”
The Goodhue pool will be open until August 23.