Photo: NYC Parks / Daniel Avila

NYC Parks Commissioner Sue Donoghue today joined Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine, Assembly Member Harvey Epstein, Senator Brian Kavanagh, Council Member Carlina Rivera, and local kids and community members to celebrate the start of the outdoor pool season at Hamilton Fish Pool on the Lower East Side. After remarks, Commissioner Donoghue jumped in with kids to celebrate the first splash of the summer. The season kickoff celebration featured music, refreshments, games, and giveaways. 

“Summer is here which means our pools and beaches are open to enjoy,” said New York City Mayor Eric Adams. “I encourage New Yorkers to take advantage of the city’s public pools to stay cool, get some exercise, and have fun.” 

“It’s time to make a splash: New York City’s outdoor pools are open for the season!” said Commissioner Donoghue.  “Our pools are popular summer destinations for so many New Yorkers, and we’re happy to provide these free places to have fun, cool off on hot days, and get some exercise.” 

NYC Parks’ outdoor pools will open beginning Tuesday, June 28 through Sunday, September 11. Daily hours are 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Operations will be adjusted as needed based on daily lifeguard coverage to keep swimmers safe. 

NYC Parks has once again installed sunscreen dispensers to provide free SPF 30 sun protection at outdoor pools and beaches. Parks will also again partner with the Department of Education to offer free lunches at sites across the city. Meals are available to any New Yorker 18 and under, and no identification or registration is required.  

“Now that New York City’s public pools are open, it’s officially summer in NYC!” said Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine. “Our public pools have served as cornerstones of inclusion and equity in our city for decades and, under the leadership of Commissioner Donoghue and the NYC Parks team, New Yorkers in every corner of this city again have a place to go to have fun, cool off, and stay healthy during the hot summer months. Jump in!” 

“The summer is a special time for families, especially when our pools get up and running. I’m thrilled that my constituents will continue to use the great Hamilton Fish pool and all of the pools in my district,” said Assembly Member Harvey Epstein.  

NYC Parks operates 53 outdoor pools throughout the five boroughs. Two pools will be closed this season due to active reconstruction projects: Tony Dapolito Pool and Harlem Meer Center (formerly Lasker Pool) in Central Park. Visit Parks’ Outdoor Pools page for more information, and check out the Cool It! NYC map for cooling features in every neighborhood – including pools, spray showers, drinking fountains, and more.  

In 2018, Parks launched the Cool Pools NYC initiative, which has upgraded 16 pools across the five boroughs with bright new paint palettes, summer-themed wall art, lounge chairs, and more. Cool Pools has made pools more fun, relaxing, and welcoming, giving New Yorkers the chance to experience an old neighborhood amenity in a new way. 

Face coverings are not required to enter pool facilities, but their use will be encouraged inside bathrooms and locker rooms.