Jackie Robinson Park swimming pool in Harlem (146557)
Jackie Robinson Park swimming pool in Harlem Credit: Malcolm Pinckney/NYC Parks

The Parks Department’s 55 outdoor public pools are open for the summer season.

Outdoor pools are free and open through September 10 from 11 a.m. through 7 p.m., with a break for pool cleaning between 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Early bird and night owl lap swim hours are also available at select sites.

Click here to find a public pool near you and more information. Here are some tips from the Parks Department on how to have a fun and safe time while cooling off this summer.

Swimming Lessons

Want to learn how to swim? The Parks Department offers swim classes for adults and kids, as well as toddlers. Participants learn basic swimming and safety skills. Click here for more information.

What to wear

You’ll need to have a swimsuit to enter the pool area. Men’s shorts may be checked for a lining. Put on a plain white shirt or white hat to protect yourself from the sun. Shirts with colors on them are not allowed on the deck.

For the kids

The Parks Department advises leaving floties at home and just stay in the shallow end of the pool until everyone learns to swim. Free swimming classes are available for all ages.

Babies or toddlers can put on swim diapers before they head into the water. Park strollers at your own risk.

What to bring

Make sure you have a sturdy combination lock when you head out to the pool. It will keep your valuables safe.

What not to bring

Leave food, glass bottles, electronic devices, and newspapers at home. Unbound periodicals blow around and create litter, food can be messy to clean up after. Also, don’t bring electronics and other valuables like jewelry and credit cards.