Curious Photographer: Thoughts on the ideal location for a new swimming pool in Norwood/Bedford Park

By DAVID GREENE

MAHIN HAQUE, NORWOOD
Photo by David Greene

This week, given overcrowding at the Van Cortlandt Pool amid the continued citywide shortage of lifeguards, we asked readers where they think a new public pool should be built in Norwood or Bedford Park.

“I think the neighborhood needs a swimming pool. It would be a good investment, a good addition to the neighborhood, and all the kids could come and play and stuff. Most likely [Williamsbridge] Oval Park would be the best as that’s where we usually go. I remember the Oval had a pool at the time, but I was too small to go there at the time. It was 10 or 15 years ago; they had a swimming pool a long time ago. Now there is a skatepark and basketball courts and a small court. I would use the pool, most definitely.

Mahin Haque,

norwood

MICHAEL PEREZ, BEDFORD Park
Photo by David Greene

“Don’t they have one over there in Van Cortlandt [Park]? All right, we need one this side of the Bronx. Maybe they could put it near Yankee Stadium? Around? It’s a good spot here, on this side of Van Cortlandt Park, near Mosholu Parkway. The Kingsbridge Armory is a good place too, yeah. Oh yes, I would. Today I’m fine, but tomorrow is another day.

Michael Perez,

Bedford Park

AMIN IDRIS, SOUTH Bronx
Photo by David Greene

“Planet Fitness is here, so the pool should be somewhere along the [Poe] Park there, yeah, Kingsbridge Park, here. Yes, I would come here, I love this area. I would love to move here if I could find accommodation. I mean Fordham is one of the best places here to be honest. There aren’t too many pools in this area.

Amine Idris,

South Bronx

MICHAEL HALE,
FORDHAM MANOR
Photo by David Greene

“Yeah, I live nearby and I think it needs a pool. Where would I put it? I’d put it lower like [East] 198th, over there. I tell you where they must put it; they should put it right over there by the Family Dollar near Fordham Plaza. That’s where they should put it. Kingsbridge Armory might be nice, but it’s a bit too far for me. You have to put it somewhere in the middle but here along Fordham is the busiest area all day 24/7 so it would be nice to have a pool in that area. I would support the plan; it is an excellent idea.

Michael Hale,

Fordham Mansion

GONZALO DURAN, CROTONA East Park
Photo by David Greene

“I would love to have a swimming pool in one of our larger green spaces/parks, but they are either connected to another organization or there is already too much going on there. Kingsbridge Armory has passed away and I think it would be a great place for a pool, we don’t really have an aquatic center in the Bronx, and it would be a good place with all the trains and buses around it, so parking would not be a big problem.

Gonzalo Durán,

East Crotone Park

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