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Central Park's pool will get a $150 million makeover

Written by
Danielle Valente

Summer 2018 has been kind to NYC pools. 

Venues across each borough received a little TLC—vibrant paint jobs, added amenities—as part of the city's "Cool Pools" pilot program. Brooklynites have been informed that they're to receive a much-needed new pool in Brooklyn Bridge Park by 2020. Now, New Yorkers are turning their attention toward Lasker Pool and ice skating rink. 

The Central Park venue, which was constructed in the '60s, is due for a renovation—a $150 million one at that, which the city and Central Park Conservancy will fund, according to Curbed. NYC's beloved green space (essentially urbanites' backyards) has undergone a lot of maintenance, including reconstruction of Belvedere Castle. When all of these projects are said and done, think of how difficult it'll be to get your kids to leave the park (heck, it's already a challenge).

As one of the park's most-visited destinations that's useable all year long, it's totally understandable that a few touch-ups are required. Not only will these plans help the functionality, but its new designs plan to unblock the North Woods from the Harlem Meer (a current design issue, according to Curbed).    

The project will get underway in 2020 and take roughly three years to complete. In the meantime, check out other epic NYC attractions that your whole family will love. You'll definitely stay busy until Lasker Pool makes its brand-spanking-new debut. 

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Stay cool this summer with a trip to these fun water playgrounds, make a pitstop at the tastiest ice cream shops in town and kick back with the best children's books on the shelves. 

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