Summer officially kicks off with pools opening in New York City

Summer is here, pools are open!

On opening day,  Alexis Adler rode her bike from her East Village apartment, Mablen Jones walked the width of Manhattan from Hudson Square and Jane Schreibman took the F train and walked from First Ave.  They were among the water enthusiasts finding the ultimate delight,  immersing themselves in the Hamilton Fishpool on opening day. 

The City’s public pools opened on Saturday, June 26, where cooling waters offer untold relief from the sweltering heat, particularly this very first week of the pool season. 

Mablen is a regular indoor and outdoor swimmer at Park’s Dapolito Center and with the Covid closing of the City’s recreation centers, these past 15 months, suffered the entire year by not being able to swim. 

This Olympic size pool on the very first day of the season.(Photo by Tequila Minsky)
Hamilton Fish’s circular kiddie pool separates young children from youth, teens and lap swimmers in the Olympic pool just east of it.(Photo by Tequila Minsky)
Swimmer catch a relatively quiet time to put in their laps. Other times they need to swim around youth enjoying the pool.(Photo by Tequila Minsky)

“I have to swim to live,” she said on that first day, in between laps. “Hamilton Fish pool at Pitt Street is so gorgeous and spacious (it’s an Olympic size) and there is no crowding!  In the middle of a park, all the trees around make such a difference, too.”  Mablen also commented on how the large kiddie pool also separates young children from the youth and lap swimmers. 

After a couple of days under the blistering sun, however, this avid lap swimmer,  realizes that she must wear a long-sleeved shirt over her suit so as not to burn. 

The opening of the pool was the best day of the year for Alexis. “It definitely changed up our reality, nothing like a swim, nothing!” she opined. Swimming laps at this pool for decades, she arrives daily before noon to put her laps in. Hamilton Fish is where Alexis’s now grown children learned to swim. 

The pool’s hours are 11 am to 2:45 pm and closes for cleaning. It reopens at 4 pm until 6:45 pm.   During the week at noon, a gratis very healthy bag lunch is served. 

Villagers used to swimming in the much smaller Dapolito pool (7th Ave. S.) graced by a wonderful Keith Haring mural, must adapt.  That  pool is closed for repairs this season. 

Tompkins Square has a mini pool at Ave. A and 7th Street.  There is a children-only  (accompanied by adults) pool on Thompson Street in Vesuvio Park.

Other outdoor Manhattan pools—wading, mini, intermediate or Olympic size,  are: Asser Levy, Dry Dock, Frederick Douglass, Highbridge, Jackie Robinson, John Jay, Marcus Garvey, Sheltering Arms, Thomas Jefferson, and Wagner Pool

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Life guards keeping watchful eye on swimmers.(Photo by Tequila Minsky)
About to enter the cooling waters of Hamilton Fish pool.(Photo by Tequila Minsky)
Hamilton Fish is three feet, five inches deep.(Photo by Tequila Minsky)
The children’s pool at Hamilton Fish.(Photo by Tequila Minsky)
At Vesuvio Pool, children 45″ or taller can enter without an adult.(Photo by Tequila Minsky)
This urban mini pool, set inside Vesuvio Playground is perfect for children and parents cooling off during these hot summer days.(Photo by Tequila Minsky)