By Carol Tannenhauser
At 2:40 p.m, Wednesday, a woman swimming in the Central Park Reservoir was removed from the water by members of the NYPD and FDNY, and taken by ambulance to Mt. Sinai Morningside hospital for psychiatric evaluation, an NYPD spokesperson reported.
They should open it up for swimming since they closed Lasker Pool and are rebuilding it smaller for $150 million.
There is no “shore” or slope to reservoir, it is really just that, a very large bathtub if you will. People get out into water, and for various reasons cannot swim back to edge , then usually drown unless assistance arrives quickly.
if we can send people into space we can modify the res to accommodate swimmers
you must be kidding?!
Or…people could swim in places built for swimming. How’s that for a crazy idea?
Must have been a very nice relaxing dip but this weekend will be hotter and many will risking a wet dip!
Leave the Reservoir just as it is.
Yechhhh! To quote the 1966 Woody Allen farce, “Don’t Drink the Water”!
It is 40 feet deep and it is awfully wide. People will get into the middle and get exhausted and drown.
it can be easily cordoned off to allow zones for swimming, if they do that at beaches, they can do it here.
Just think what the reservoir would become if it were to be open to swimming.
Let’s not change the reservoir, but let’s repair the fountain.
Just to clarify a point here: The “reservoir” is NOT used for the NYC drinking water supply anymore. It was bypassed decades ago as Water Tunnel III came into operation.
No one ever said CP reservoir provided drinking water. However the name is what it is, until, when, or if changed.
Why did this woman need a psychiatric evaluation?
Obviously NYPD and others who responded believed such action was necessary out of an abundance of caution.
Same thing happens when persons are found wandering about subway tracks, middle of a street or highway, and other events including going out into water (pool or beach) and nearly drowning.
To willfully disobey a “no swimming” sign or whatever is one thing. It’s quite another to go into a body of water with intent of not coming back.
The Res has been left in peace for 75 years. How is it that only recently folks are jumping in? Not to mention breaking all the rules re the running track: riding bikes, pushing strollers, walking dogs? Oh yeah, generations of narcissistic people think the rules don’t apply to them because they are “special” and respect is an unknown concept.
Yep. I have written to the CP conservatory twice (no response) about the mess that the running track has become – frankly it is impossible to run on there any more outside of odd hours due to guidelines ignoring hoards of people. who often get mad when you are trying to run past them while they walk the wrong way 4 across. No one enforces a damn thing in CP any more
Hope she has to reimburse the city for costs incurred