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Central Park

Free Outdoor Pools

Lasker Pool

New York City's outdoor pools have closed for the season, please visit our Indoor Pools

Location: 110th Street & Lenox Avenue
Directions via Google Maps
Phone: (212-534-7639)

Pool Details

Olympic Pool

This is an Accessible PoolDimensions: 240 'x 190' x 3.75'

Wading Pool

Dimensions: 63.5' x 14.5' x 1.25'

Pool Hours

Outdoor pool hours are from 11:00 a.m. through 7:00 p.m., with a break for pool cleaning between 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Early bird and night owl lap swim hours are also available at select sites.

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.

Free Sunscreen

Parks is furthering its sun safety efforts by providing free sunscreen to city pools across the five boroughs. Thanks to the American Academy of Dermatology’s SPOT Skin Cancer™ program, our outdoor pools will all have dispensers with free, broad-spectrum SPF 50 sunscreen.

Be WaterSafe

Stay safe near and in the water. Here are 10 Tips to Stay Water Safe in New York City.

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

Directions to Central Park

Know Before You Go

There are currently 3 service interruptions affecting access within this park.

ParkCentral Park

Beginning June 27, 2018, Central Park will become entirely car-free. The Central Park transverse roads at 97th, 86th, 79th and 65th Streets will remain open to motor vehicles.

Nature CentersBelvedere Castle Visitor Center

Beginning Monday, February 26, Belvedere Castle will be closed for restoration. The castle will reopen to the public in 2019. To reach our Urban Park Rangers at Central Park, please call (212) 360-1444.

ParkCentral Park

Beginning Monday, February 26, Belvedere Castle will be closed for restoration. The surrounding plaza and terrace remain open, but will also close in the coming weeks. The Belvedere will reopen to the public in 2019. For more information on the restoration of Belvedere Castle, please visit Central Park Conservancy's website.

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