Quint, now a DUMBO resident, helped form the community group Love Our Pool: Families United for Keeping a Pool in Brooklyn Bridge Park earlier in June.
With fellow Brooklyn parents, she is fighting to keep the pop-up pool in place until the city comes up with a plan for a permanent pool in the park.
“This pool is so well used by the community, why are they going to remove this pool?” she said. “I understand there was an agreement, but things change. We all experience that in our personal and professional lives.”
Calling her group an “extremely grassroots effort,” Quint said it all began when she started reaching out to other Brooklyn residents about the pool closing. She began meeting parents from Flatlands, Canarsie, Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst and other parts of the borough. It’s also been an opportunity for her to learn about her new home borough and how diverse it truly is.
Quint and her two young children go to the pool about once a week, but she said some members of Love Our Pool go nearly every day.
“We come here about once a week, either for ourselves for a quick swim or meeting with friends,” she said. “My daughter did swim lessons here last summer.”
The advantage of this pop-up pool is that it’s smaller and much more intimate.
“I took my son to Red Hook and he had to go into the ladies locker room with me. It was like the worst thing in his life, he told me,” Quint said. “We don’t have so many pools that we should be closing pools in Brooklyn. Don’t spend money to redo this section of the park without any kind of a firm plan for a permanent pool.”