School is out, and New York City’s public pools are once again open for business.
This year, swimmers can look forward to “Cool Pools,” a new pilot program launched by the city’s Parks Department, which chooses one pool from each of the five boroughs to receive a colorful makeover. (Think summer-themed wall art, lounge chairs for sunbathing, cabanas that provide shade, and new plantings.)
The pools chosen for the pilot program are Douglas and DeGraw Pool in Gowanus, Fisher Pool in East Elmhurst, Mapes Pool in East Tremont, Sheltering Arms Pool in Harlem, and West Brighton Pool in Staten Island. Each one of the facilities hasn’t seen a major renovation since they were built in the 1970s.
The city’s 55 free public pools are open every day during the summer between 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. (they close from 3 to 4 p.m. for cleaning). Additionally, the city’s Department of Parks has already announced that larger pools will remain open until Sunday, September 9, with mini pools closing on Labor Day.