Submitted by ub on Thu, 06/26/2014 - 22:39

NYC Politicians, public servants and neighborhood children celebrate the opening day of the citywide outdoor pool season today.

All 55 outdoor pools in the City open to the public beginning today and they will close on Labor Day – Monday, September 1. Daily hours of operation are 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., seven days a week.

There will also be a ribbon cutting celebration on a new $1.6 million spray shower. This
new poolside spray shower will debut at Crotona Pool at Site of its former diving pool, which has not been used for 30 Years. The event will feature a Senior Splash performance by the St. Mary's Marlins.

The new spray shower at Crotona Pool is located at the site of its former diving pool, which has been unused for 30 years. The design of the new spray shower area was inspired by the Art Moderne style of the Crotona Pool complex. The colorful pattern of the new concrete pavement symbolizes the sun rising above the water's horizon. A variety of water spray fixtures were incorporated to provide different levels and types of water play.

All New York City pools are accessible and NYC Parks offers free swimming programs for all ages and abilities. They include Learn to Swim, Water Aerobics, Lap Swimming, Senior Splash, Adapted Aquatics, and Youth Swim Teams.

At many pool sites, kids 18 and under are able to receive free, nutritious meals provided by the USDA through SchoolFood, New York City Department of Education.

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