Free Outdoor Pools

Swimmers enjoy sunny day in Red Hook Pool

Every day during our summer pool season, thousands of visitors head to our city’s free public outdoor pools. Learn more about our pools, and dive in to find an outdoor pool near you!

Pool Hours

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Outdoor pool hours are open daily through Sunday, September 8, 2019 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.

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Free Swim Programs

Find out more about our learn to swim program, lap swim hours, our youth swim team, and programs for seniors and people with disabilities.

Learn more about free swim programs

Looking for our free Learn to Swim program? Find out more by visiting our Learn to Swim registration page.

Know Before You Go

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.

Information for Parents

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.

What to Bring

Make sure you have a sturdy 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. Locks are required to enter, and we will not accept luggage locks.

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.

Handicap Accessible = Indicates that the pool includes a wheelchair accessible ramp or lift.

Locations

Bronx River Playground Pool

E. 174th Street & Bronx River Avenue

  • Outdoor Mini Pool
    Dimensions: 40′ x 20′ x 3′

Bronx River Playground Pool Details

Claremont Pool

170th Street and Clay Avenue

  • This is an Accessible PoolOutdoor Intermediate Pool
    Dimensions: 75′ x 60′ x 3.5′
  • Outdoor Wading Pool
    Dimensions: 24′ x 24′ x 1′

Claremont Pool Details

Crotona Pool

173rd Street and Fulton Avenue

  • This is an Accessible PoolOutdoor Olympic Pool
    Dimensions: 330′ x 120′ x 4′

Crotona Pool Details

Edenwald Houses Pool

Schieffelin Avenue & E. 229th Street

  • Outdoor Mini Pool
    Dimensions: 40′ x 20′ x 3′

Edenwald Houses Pool Details

Floating Pool

Tiffany Street & Viele Avenue

  • This is an Accessible PoolOutdoor Intermediate Pool
    Dimensions: 82′ x 52′ x 4′

Floating Pool Details

Haffen Pool

Ely and Burke Avenues

  • This is an Accessible PoolOutdoor Intermediate Pool
    Dimensions: 75′ x 60′ x 3.5′
  • Outdoor Wading Pool
    Dimensions: 24′ x 24 x 1′

Haffen Pool Details

Mapes Pool

E. 180th Street between Mapes & Prospect Avenues

  • This is an Accessible PoolOutdoor Intermediate Pool
    Dimensions: 75′ x 60′ x 3.5′
  • Outdoor Wading Pool
    Dimensions: 27′ x 27′ x 1′

Mapes Pool Details

Mullaly Pool

E. 164th St. bet. Jerome & River Aves.

  • This is an Accessible PoolOutdoor Intermediate Pool
    Dimensions: 75′ x 60′ x 3.5′
  • Outdoor Wading Pool
    Dimensions: 24′ x 24′ x 1′

Mullaly Pool Details

Van Cortlandt Pool

W. 242nd St. and Broadway

  • This is an Accessible PoolOutdoor Intermediate Pool
    Dimensions: 164′ x 104′ x 3.6′
  • This is an Accessible PoolOutdoor Wading Pool
    Dimensions: 48′ x 48′ x 1′

Van Cortlandt Pool Details

Free Swim Programs

Find out more about free aquatics programs in Parks.

Take free swimming classes at Parks.

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.

Indoor Pools

Want to swim in a pool all year long? Browse our list of recreation centers with pools, and become a member today.

Be WaterSafe

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

Related It’s My Park Videos

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Swim to Safety programLasker Pool & Rink

Keith Haring mural at Tony Dapolito pool

2007 segment about the Floating Pool, then docked in Brooklyn

 

 

Source: Free Outdoor Pools : NYC Parks