Today’s news:

Red Hook has one cool pool!

Brooklyn Daily

Brooklyn’s Depression-era swimming pools are still a splash!

Dozens of kids, synchronized swimmers and city parks honchos celebrated 75 years of outdoor public pools in Red Hook on Monday.

The 1930s-themed party honored the Works Progress Administration — the city agency that built 11 public pools during a record-hot New York summer — by hosting jazz musicians, swimming-cap clad relay racers and even some sweaty city officials, who cooled off in the decades-old Red Hook Pool.

“It’s a testament to the era that these pools are still functioning,” said Meghan Lalor, a spokeswoman for the city. “We’re still giving New Yorkers a free, safe clean place to swim.”

The massive outdoor pools — which ranged from the now-shuttered McCarren Park Pool to the still bumpin’ Sunset Park Pool — cooled off 43,000 swimmers at any given time. They came as a safe alternative to river swimming, complete with then-state of the art heating, filtration and lighting systems.

At the anniversary event, Borough President Markowitz mingled in the shade with parks officials as the city announced its new NYC Swim Council, which aims to teach kids basic swimming skills.

These days, the city has 54 public pools — with Brooklyn boasting some of the best outdoor watering holes, from 11 am to 7 pm (minus one hour between 3 and 4 pm), seven days a week until Labor Day — like the Double D Pool in Gowanus and Commodore Barry Pool in Fort Greene.

“[It’s] important for kids and their parents to have these pools during long, hot Brooklyn summers,” said Markowitz.

Pin It
Print this story Permalink

Reader Feedback

Enter your comment below

By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:

You agree that you, and not BrooklynDaily.com or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to BrooklynDaily.com the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.

CNG: Community Newspaper Group