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McCarren Park

Free Outdoor Pools

McCarren Park Pool

Location: McCarren Park
Directions via Google Maps
Phone: 311

Dates: June 27 – September 1, 2014
Times: 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Located within the 35-acre McCarren Park, McCarren Pool was one of eleven pools opened by Robert Moses in 1936. The pool closed in 1984 and sat unused until the summer of 2005, when the empty pool basin opened as a popular venue for concerts, dance, and movies. In 2012, a renovated McCarren Pool opened as a center for year-round recreation for the residents of northern Brooklyn. The rehabilitation of the Pool preserved the historic bathhouse building and entry arch.

McCarren Park Pool adjoins the McCarren Play Center. View more information, including schedules, on the McCarren Play Center page.

Pool Details

Olympic Pool

This is an Accessible PoolDimensions: 329' x 151' x 4.6'

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 McCarren Park

McCarren Park Weather

  • Wed
    Heavy Rain
    89°F
  • Thu
    Chance Showers
    82°F
  • Fri
    Sunny
    83°F
  • Sat
    Mostly Sunny
    83°F

7-day forecast

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