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January 18, 2021
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Public Pool Guide

By Alexandra Glorioso
A park instructor leads a swim class on March 31, 1947.
Photo Courtesy of NYC Parks

New York’s 54 outdoor pools are open for summer. Here’s a simple guide based on information given out by New York City Park & Recreation. Enjoy and Happy Fourth of July Weekend, everyone!

Here are the Public Pools now open in South Brooklyn:

Douglas and DeGraw Pool

Thomas Greene Playground

Third Avenue and Nevins Street, Boerum Hill

Setting: Outdoors

Type: Intermediate–lap pool and for hanging out.

Type: Wading–baby and toddler pool, it’s shallow and perfect for hanging with tiny children!

(718) 625-3268

Dimensions: 24′ x 24′ x 1′

Dimensions: 75′ x 60′ x 3′


Red Hook

Red Hook Recreation Area

Bay and Henry Streets

Setting: Outdoors

Type: Olympic

(718) 722-3211

Dimensions: 330′ x 130′ x 4′

Full Location Details




Red Hook Pool, Brooklyn, June 20, 2006. Photo: Malcolm Pinckney.


Outdoor pool hours are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., with a break for pool cleaning between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m..

Pool Rules

For everybody’s health, safety, and protection, they ask their guests to observe the following rules:

1. Bathing suits must be worn on the deck and in the water. Men’s bathing suits must have mesh linings. Hats may be worn on the deck for sun protection but are not allowed in the water. Plain white T-shirts may be worn over bathing suits if desired. Sneakers are not permitted. Rubber flip flops or water shoes are permitted.

2. No urinating or defecating in the pools.

3. Children under 16 must be at least eight inches taller than the maximum water depth to enter the pool without adult supervision. Specific height requirements are posted at every pool.

4. No person will be permitted in the pool having: skin lesions, sores, or inflamed eyes, mouth, nose, or ear discharge, carrying communicable disease or having any type of bandage, adhesive tape, etc., on their body.

5. All bathers must take a shower in the locker room before entering the pool.

6. Patrons must provide and use their own padlock. No responsibility is assumed for lost articles. A standard master or combination lock is recommended. Small luggage locks are not permitted.

7. The use of swimming aids, water toys, and flotation devices is prohibited.

8. Electronic equipment, including radios, cameras, and cellular phones, is not allowed on pool deck.

9. Eating or drinking is permitted only in designated areas. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

10. Beach chairs, baby strollers, bags, blankets, or beach balls are not permitted on the pool deck. They will make their best effort to secure strollers.

11. Follow the directives of lifeguards, Parks staff, and the police.

12. Ball playing, running, jumping, using profane language or other forms of disruptive and disorderly behavior are prohibited.

13. No diving, except in designated areas.

14. No smoking, pets, or glass bottles permitted.

15. Books and bound periodicals are permitted on the pool deck. Newspapers are not.


Water & Sun Safety

Water Safety

The beach is a great place to beat the heat and enjoy the great outdoors. To be safe while having fun always take the following precautions:


Learn to swim: Swimming is an important personal safety skill and a great way to stay in shape. Call 311 or visit their Swim Programs page to learn about their Free Learn to Swim program.

Swim only when lifeguards are present: Lifeguards are there for your protection. Follow their directions and all rules.

Swim with a friend: Drowning often involves single swimmers. A friend can signal for help if a problem develops.

Swim sober: Alcohol impairs swimming ability and is a major factor in drowning.

Supervise children: Watch children closely even when lifeguards are present.


Sun Safety

A day in the sun can take its toll. The following tips will protect you from overexposure.

Drink water: Your body needs plenty of water to prevent dehydration on hot summer days. Pay special attention to children. They can become dehydrated more quickly than adults.

Use sunscreen: Sunburn is painful and unhealthy. Use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher and reapply frequently.

Protect your eyes: Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

Wear appropriate clothing: Wear light loose flitting clothing to keep cool and a hat to keep you shaded.


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