NYC Life: Where to find a pool in NYC

by Nicole Smith

So you moved to NYC, survived a seemingly never-ending arctic winter and are now looking for a place to cool off in the sweltering heat and humidity of a New York Summer. AWNY is here to help. Below are some resources to assist you in your search:

NYC Parks free outdoor pools – open from June 27 to September 1, 2014.

NYC Parks indoor pools – open year-round, however, these require membership to a recreation centre with a pool. Annual membership currently costs $150 for Adults and $25 for seniors (ages 62 and older). Membership is free for anyone under the age of 18. As of July 1, 2013, memberships will cost $25 for young adults (ages 18-24).

NYC Swim organises swimming events and competitions around the city, check out their comprehensive list of pools.

If you’re a parent, Mommy Poppins also provides a list of Family Friendly indoor pools.

For a more in-depth guide to NYC’s pools, take a look at the blog 40 Pools, conceived in 2012 by Hannah Borgeson to celebrate her 40th birthday with swims in 40 pools, it was so much fun, she has kept the tally going indefinitely.

And if you would rather venture a swim at one of NYC’s Beaches

NYC Parks maintains 14 miles of beaches, all of which are open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. During beach season, lifeguards are on duty daily, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Swimming is prohibited when lifeguards are not on duty and in closed sections. Closed sections are marked with signs and/or red flags.

Make sure to visit the NYC Department of Health beach advisory before you go to check the water quality, often after rain, the city’s sewerage system is overwhelmed and raw sewerage is pumped directly into the ocean. Beaches which are classified as “Closed” or “Advisory” may be contaminated with sewage or storm runoff.

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