Photo of Astoria Pool by Global Jet via Flickr cc
Just in time for the end of the current heatwave, New York City will reopen 15 of its free, public swimming pools. Eight pools will open this Friday, July 24, and the rest will reopen on Saturday, August 1. The Parks Department says that all pool-goers must maintain social distance and wear face coverings at all times when not in the water.
In total, the city has 53 public pools across the five boroughs. At the height of the coronavirus crisis in April, Mayor de Blasio announced that all public pools would be closed for the entire summer, in an effort to save $12 million on the city budget. However, as the Post reported, last month, the mayor’s administration and the City Council “agreed to restore $9.9 million to the Parks Department budget to hire 716 lifeguards, pools staff and fund sprinklers and water fountains.”
The pools that will open on July 24 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 pools that will open on August 1 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 opening date for Hamilton Fish Pool on the Lower East Side in Manhattan is still TBD.
All swim and exercise classes at pools have been cancelled for the summer. Outdoor pool hours are from 11:00 a.m. through 7:00 p.m. daily, with a break for pool cleaning between 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Outdoor pools are open through September 7, 2020.
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