Diving in! Borough residents celebrate city pools’ opening day

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Splash zone: The beloved Brooklyn Bridge Park pop-up pool is back for another year.
Staying cool: Kids can’t get enough of the pop-up pool.
Can’t get enough: The Navarro family traveled from Queens to swim at the pop-up pool.
Ready for a dip: Excited swimmers gather outside the McCarren Park pool to cool off now that city pools are open.
Making a splash: These two girls can’t wait to cool down in the McCarren Park pool.
Worth it: People waited in massive lines for a chance to hop in the McCarren Park pool.
Into the deep: The Sunset Park pool was enjoyed by the masses.
Swimming in: The Double D pool in Gowanus is always a favorite.
Game on: Ethan and Jaileen Mclean play some water polo in the Double D pool.
Master plan: Swimming is one of the best ways to beat the heat, and these two agree!

They welcomed summer with a splash!

Brooklynites looking for a cool way to beat the heat flooded Kings County’s pools on June 29 to kick-off swimming season in the borough.

People lined up outside of Brooklyn’s 15 public lagoons — which include Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pop-up Pool, Gowanus’s Douglas and DeGraw Pool, the Sunset Park Pool, and Greenpoint’s McCarren Park Pool — to take a dip in their waters for the first time since the facilities closed last September.

Bathers who visit pools in the County of Kings this year can slather on free sunscreen, as well as enroll in complimentary swimming lessons and aquatic fitness classes.

And patrons under the age of 18 can enjoy free meals at certain facilities as part of the city’s Summer Meals Program — though, of course, you should wait an hour after eating before getting back in the pool.

Pool season also will extend through Sept. 10 this year, giving local swimmers an extra full week to have fun in the sun, said the park department’s head honcho.

“This year, our pools are open even longer into the season, so there’s more time to cool off or exercise,” said Commissioner Mitchell Silver.

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Updated 5:57 pm, July 9, 2018
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Jim from Cobble Hill says:
Back when I was a kid, those places were disgusting pits. I can't imagine they've gotten any better.
July 5, 2017, 2:59 pm

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