By Sierra Goerg
On a hot Wednesday afternoon, New Yorkers flocked to McCarren Pool, one of New York City’s public pools, to cool off. Located in northern Brooklyn on Lorimer Street, the pool offered a refreshing break from the sunny 90-degree forecast.
Reaching its capacity of 1502 within the first hour of opening, employees had to turn pool goers away. The popular destination is open from 11 am to 7 pm, leaving an hour break at 3 pm for pool cleaning. On Wednesday when the pool temporarily closed at 3 pm, a line of people formed outside the gates.
“I just love the neighborhood,” said Alexis Ortiz, a mom with two young kids waiting in line, “We’re from upstate, so we come to the pool every time we visit family in the city.”
When asked why they liked McCarren Pool, a group of school-aged children chimed in, “It’s huge!!”
As with all NYC Park pools, throughout the summer, McCarren Pool offers free swimming lessons available to all ages. Information on how to register can be found on the NYC Parks website.
McCarren Pool encourages pool goers to bring combination locks to keep valuables safe in lockers and prohibits the use of glass bottles and consumption of food on the pool deck.
Their Olympic size pool offers summer lap hours in the morning from 7 am to 8:30 am and again in the evening from 7 pm to 8:30 pm.
More information about McCarren Pool can be found on McCarren Park’s website.