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McCarren Park Pool

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McCarren Park
Bedford Ave. at N. 12th St., Brooklyn, NY 11222 40.72064 -73.954746
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Official Website

nycgovparks.org

Hours

Daily, 11am-7pm, through September 3

Nearby Subway Stops

G at Nassau Ave.; L at Bedford Ave.

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Whatever your opinion on public pools, let alone Williamsburg and its inked constituents, there’s no denying that anticipation is high for the reopening of McCarren Park Pool. A Moses–La Guardia brainchild, McCarren first opened in 1936 along with ten other city pools as part of a WPA initiative. It fit up to 6,800 swimmers and remained operational till 1984, when it was shuttered for renovation. The pit was more or less abandoned until 2005, when bands like Wilco began using it for concerts. Now a $50 million revamp has once again transformed the space into a 1,500-capacity pool, newly U-shaped and cerulean-blue. A concrete “beach” with spray fountains bisects a kiddie area and 25-meter lap lanes; come winter, the city plans to turn the deck into an ice rink. But why think about winter now?

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