NYC opens 50 outdoor pools for summer

June 27, 2024

Astoria Pool in Queens. Photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office on Flickr

School is out, pools are open, and summer is here. New York City opened 50 free outdoor public pools on Thursday, officially kicking off the swimming season. For Queens residents, summer is a little cooler this year as the city reopened Astoria Pool following a $19 million renovation that closed the pool, the five borough’s largest, last year.

 Astoria Pool. Photo: NYC Parks / Daniel Avila

Earlier this month, Adams announced “Let’s Swim NYC,” a $1 million capital investment in public pools over five years, marking the biggest funding in public pools in over 50 years. The investment includes funding 39 existing pools as well as the construction of two new indoor pools and the renovation of three pools.

The $19 million project at Astoria Pool added a new pool shell, deck, lighting, state-of-the-art filtration and chemical treatment systems, and upgraded heating, ventilation, and HVAC systems. This year, new “cool pools,” or pools with colorfully painted decks and plantings, can be found at John Jay and Sheltering Arms Pools in Manhattan and West Brighton Pool on Staten Island.

“Our free outdoor pools are incredible amenities for New Yorkers seeking to cool off, have fun, practice swim skills, and get some exercise,” Sue Donoghue, NYC Parks Commissioner, said. “We’re thrilled to reopen the iconic Astoria Pool after an $18.9 million reconstruction project, and we’re continuing to make our city’s pool infrastructure even better through a recently announced capital investment of more than $1 billion over five years. We look forward to seeing New Yorkers make a splash this summer at our pools citywide!”

Indoor swimming pools are open year-round but often require an annual membership fee. Outdoor pools are free but are only open from the end of June through Labor Day.

east river, bronx, floating pool
Photo by Danny Avila for NYC Parks

Across the five boroughs, the city’s 50 public pools are open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. with a break between 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Three pools in Manhattan (Harlem Meer Center, Tompkins Square Pool, and Tony Dapolito Pool) will not open this year for renovation work.

Pool-goers must wear a swimsuit to enter the pool area and only plain white tee shirts or white hats are allowed; shirts with colors are not allowed on the deck. Food, glass bottles, electronic devices, newspapers, and pets are prohibited. Plus, a lock is required for entry.

Find an outdoor public pool near you this summer:


  • Claremont Pool (170th Street and Clay Avenue)
  • Crotona Pool (173rd Street and Fulton Avenue)
  • Edenwald Houses Pool (Schieffelin Avenue and East 229th Street)
  • Floating Pool (Tiffany Street and Viele Avenue)
  • Foster Pool (East 164th Street between Jerome and River Avenues)
  • Haffen Pool (Ely and Burke Avenues)
  • Mapes Pool (East 180th Street between Mapes and Prospect Avenues)
  • Thompson Pool (East 174th Street and Bronx River Avenue)
  • Van Cortlandt Pool (West 242nd Street and Broadway)


  • Besty Head Pool (Boyland, Livonia, Dumont Avenues)
  • Bushwick Pool (Humboldt Street, Flushing, and Bushwick Avenues)
  • Commodore Barry Pool (Flushing and Park Avenues, Navy and North Elliot Streets)
  • David Fox/ PS 251 Pool (East 54th Street and Avenue H)
  • Douglass and DeGraw Pool (Third Avenue and Nevins Street)
  • Glenwood Houses Pool (Farragut Road and Ralph Avenue)
  • Howard Pool (Glenmore and Mother Gaston Boulevard, East New York Avenue)
  • Jesse Owens Pool (Stuyvesant Avenue)
  • Kosciuszko Pool (Marcy Avenue, between DeKalb Avenue and Kosciuszko Street)
  • Lindower Park Pool (East 60th Street, Mill Road, and Strickland Avenue)
  • McCarren Park Pool (McCarren Park)
  • PS 20 Playground Pool (Between Claremont Avenue and Adelphi Street)
  • Red Hook Pool (Bay and Henry Streets)
  • Sunset Park Pool (Seventh Avenue between 41st and 44th Streets)


  • Abe Lincoln Pool (5th Avenue and East 135th Street)
  • Asser Levy Pool (Asser Levy Place and East 23rd Street)
  • Dry Dock Pool (East 10th Street between Avenues C and D)
  • Frederick Douglass Pool (Amsterdam Avenue between 1000th and 102nd Streets)
  • Hamilton Fish Pool (Pitt Street and Houston Street)
  • Highbridge Pool (Amsterdam Avenue and West 173rd Street)
  • Jackie Robinson Pool (Bradhurst Avenue and West 146th Street)
  • John Jay Pool (East of York Avenue on 77th Street)
  • Marcus Garvey Pool (124th Street and Fifth Avenue)
  • Sheltering Arms (West 129th Street and Amsterdam Avenue)
  • Thomas Jefferson Pool (East 112th Street and First Avenue)
  • Vesuvio Pool (Thompson Street between Spring and Prince Streets)
  • Wagner Pool (East 124th Street between First and Second Avenues)


  • Astoria Pool (19th Street and 23rd Drive)
  • Fisher Pool (99th Street and 32nd Avenue)
  • Fort Totten Pool (338 Story Avenue)
  • Liberty Pool (173rd Street and 106th Avenue)
  • Marie Curie Park Pool (211th Street and 46th Avenue)
  • PS 186 Playground Pool (Little Neck Parkway and 72nd Avenue)
  • Windmuller Pool (54th Street and 39th Road)

Staten Island

  • Faber Pool (Faber Street and Richmond Terrace)
  • General Douglas Pool (Jefferson Street and Seaver Avenue)
  • Lyons Pool (Pier 6 and Victory Boulevard)
  • Maggie Howard Pool (Tompkins Avenue between Hill and Broad Streets)
  • PS 46 Playground Pool (Parkinson Avenue and Kramer Street)
  • Tottenville Pool (Hylan Boulevard and Joline Avenue)
  • West Brighton Pool (Henderson Avenue between Broadway and Chappel Streets)


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