Just in time to provide some relief for the current heatwave, NYC is reopening 15 FREE public outdoor swimming pools. Eight pools reopen today, Friday, July 24, at least one in each borough. The other seven reopen Saturday, August 1.
Outdoor pool hours are 11am to 7pm daily, with a break for pool cleaning between 3pm and 4pm.
The eight pools opening today are:
- Mullaly Pool in Concourse, Bronx
- Kosciuszko Pool in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn
- Sunset Pool in Sunset Park, Brooklyn
- Wagner Pool in East Harlem, Manhattan
- Liberty Pool in Jamaica, Queens
- Fisher Pool in East Elmhurst, Queens
- Lyons Pool in Tompkinsville, Staten Island
- Tottenville Pool in Tottenville, Staten Island
The seven pools opening August 1st are:
- Crotona Pool in Crotona, Bronx
- Haffen Pool in Baychester, Bronx
- Betsy Head Pool in Brownsville, Brooklyn
- Jackie Robinson Pool in Hamilton Heights, Manhattan
- Marcus Garvey Pool in Harlem, Manhattan
- Astoria Pool in Astoria, Queens
The Parks Department requires all pool-goers must maintain social distance and wear face coverings at all times when not in the water.
All swim and exercise classes at pools have been cancelled for the summer.
NYC has a total of 53 FREE public outdoor swimming pools.
It is not clear when or if any or all of the others will open this season.
NYC Public Swimming Pool Rules
What to Wear
You’ll need to have a swimsuit to enter the pool area, and show it upon arrival, before you change.
Men’s shorts used as swim trunks must have a lining.
Feel the need to cover up from the sun? Throw on a plain white shirt or white hat and you’re set. Only white shirts and hats are permitted. Shirts with colors on them are not permitted.
Information for Parents
Thinking of bringing floaties? It’s safer to leave them at home and just stay in the shallow end of the pool until everyone learns to swim.
Babies or toddlers are required to wear swim diapers.
Strollers are permitted in pool areas, but you are responsible for watching it yourself, so bring it at your own risk.
What to Bring
Yes, there are lockers to keep your valuables safe.
Locks are required to enter. Luggage locks are not accepted..
What Not to Bring
Leave food, glass bottles, electronic devices, and newspapers at home.
Unbound periodicals tend to blow around and create litter, food can be messy to clean up after, and there’s too much water around to make sure your electronics stay safe.
Just to be on the safe side, the NYC Parks Dept. also recommends leaving valuables like jewelry and credit cards at home.