Free Outdoor Pools
Location: Amsterdam Ave. and W. 173rd Street
Directions via Google Maps
Phone: (212) 927-2400
Due to the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, 15 pools will re-open for the summer 2020 season with reduced capacity. City pools will re-open in two phases on July 24 and on August 1, and will operate through September 7.
Here’s what you need to know to prepare:
- 15 of New York City's public pools will re-open for swimming on July 24 and August 1, as follows:
- Open July 24: Bronx: Mullaly Pool; Brooklyn: Kosciuszko Pool, Sunset Pool; Manhattan: Wagner Pool; Queens: Liberty Pool, Fisher Pool; Staten Island: Lyons Pool, Tottenville Pool
- Open August 1: Bronx: Crotona Pool, Haffen Pool; Brooklyn: Betsy Head Pool; Manhattan: Jackie Robinson Pool, Marcus Garvey Pool; Queens: Astoria Pool
- Open August 5: Manhattan: Hamilton Fish Pool
- Pool hours will remain the same: 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Sessions may be split further at the discretion of the pool managers to accommodate more patrons.
- All pool patrons will be required to wear a face covering to enter the pool facility. Face coverings must be worn in locker rooms, bathrooms, and on the pool deck. They are not to be worn in the water.
- Please maintain at least six feet of social distance, except between members of the same household. If a pool reaches capacity, we may provide patrons with a time of day to return to the line.
- During general swim hours, aquatic programs including Lap Swim, Learn to Swim, Senior Splash & Swim, and Water Exercise classes have been cancelled for the summer.
- If you are sick, stay home. While outside, please wash your hands frequently, cover your coughs and sneezes, and avoid touching your face.
Dimensions: 220' x 162' x 10.5'
Dimensions: 220' x 92' x 2'
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 will close on Sunday, September 7, 2020.
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.
Learn to Swim
NYC Parks offers free swimming lessons for people of all ages throughout the summer.
At some pools, fitness-minded adults can swim laps without interruption from other swimmers during morning or evening hours.
Our outdoor pools feature more special programs for teens, seniors, and people with disabilities.
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.
Stay safe near and in the water. Here are 10 Tips to Stay Water Safe in New York City.
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