As part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plan for the Superfund cleanup of the Gowanus Canal, the EPA proposed to close a much loved community resource, the “Double D” community pool, for the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to excavate and build a 2 to 17 million gallon raw sewage holding tank beneath it.
The Double D pool serves nearby public housing and neighborhood residents during the summer season, and provides free swimming lessons, and free breakfast and lunch are served while school is out. It also serves as a cooling center during heat waves and has a unique toddler pool which our youngest residents enjoy.
While Friends of Douglass Greene Park (FODGP) support a comprehensive Superfund cleanup of the Gowanus Canal, we also insist that Superfund follow its own principles and make the polluters pay, not our community!
For these reasons, we, the undersigned, strongly oppose the EPA’s proposed placement of a raw sewage retention tank to be built beneath the Douglass and Degraw (Double D) community pool and request that the alternative location for the proposed raw sewage retention tank be selected.
We also ask for guarantees to our community that any displacement or disruption to the Thomas Greene Park and Double D Pool as a result of the EPA Gowanus Canal Superfund cleanup and the forthcoming Department of Enivironmental Conservation (DEC) former Fulton Manufactured Gas Plant (MGP) cleanup provide for funding and seamless transition of the park facilities (pool, playground, skatepark, basketball courts) and services (the School Food Lunch, Learn to Swim, cooling centers, etc.) at a nearby location.