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Castlewood Playground

Free Outdoor Pools

PS 186 Playground Pool

Location: Little Neck Parkway & 72nd Avenue
Directions via Google Maps
Phone: (718) 347-2945

Pool Details

Mini Pool

Dimensions: 40' x 20' x 3'

NYC's outdoor pools are closed, and will re-open in summer 2015. Indoor pools are open year-round.

Know Before You Go

What to Bring

Make sure you have a sturdy combination lock when you head out to the pool. It will keep your valuables safe, and let you hit the water feeling more secure about your belongings.

What Not to Bring

You’ll need to 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, we also recommend leaving valuables like jewelry and credit cards at home.

What to Wear

You’ll need to have a swimsuit to enter the pool area. We may choose to check men’s shorts for a lining if we can’t tell if they are wearing a bathing suit. Feel the need to cover up from the sun? Throw on a plain white shirt or white hat and you’re set. We don’t allow shirts with colors on them on the deck.

For the Kids

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. Want to venture deeper? Try some of our free swimming classes.

Babies or toddlers can put on swim diapers before they head into the water. While we may be able to find a place to park your stroller, we can’t keep an eye on it for you, so bring it at your own risk.

Swim Programs

Learn to Swim

NYC Parks offers free swimming lessons for people of all ages throughout the summer.

Lap Swimming

At some pools, fitness-minded adults can swim laps without interruption from other swimmers during morning or evening hours.

More Programs

Our outdoor pools feature more special programs for teens, seniors, and people with disabilities.

Want to swim in a pool all year long? Find a recreation center with an indoor pool, and become a member today.

Directions to Castlewood Playground

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