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.