Gertrude Ederle Recreation Center

W. 59 St., W. 60 St., bet. Amsterdam Ave. and W. End Ave.


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This text is part of Parks’ Historical Signs Project and can be found posted within the park.

This Recreation Center is named in honor of Gertrude Ederle (1905-2003), who was a world-class swimmer and the first woman to swim across the English Channel.

Born to German immigrants, Ederle was raised on the Upper West Side of Manhattan at 108 Amsterdam Avenue, above her father’s butcher shop. As a girl, her father taught her how to swim at their summer cottage in New Jersey. By her late teens, she was a champion swimmer and a member of the Women’s Swimming Association. Ederle went on to win several medals, including the gold at the Paris 1924 Olympics, and held twenty-nine national and world amateur records by 1925.

On August 6, 1926, Ederle became the first woman to swim across the English Channel. Departing from Cap Gris Nez, France, she landed on the shores of Kingsdown in Kent, England in 14 hours and 39 minutes.

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Gertrude Ederle Recreation Center

Our indoor pool programming hours at this location have been changed to accommodate lifeguard recertification and training for the 2022 outdoor pool and beach season. Our current pool hours are 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays until further notice. We thank you for understanding and apologize for the inconvenience. We invite you to visit one of our other indoor pools or our free outdoor pools.

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