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Beat the heat at free outdoor pools in Queens this summer


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Photo courtesy of nycgovparks.org

Instead of sitting in air conditioning, try cooling off in one of the borough’s free outdoor pools starting Friday, June 27. All locations are open from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (with a break for cleaning between 3 and 4 p.m). The season ends September 1.

Astoria Park
19th Street and 23rd Drive
Olympic-sized Pool

Fisher Pool
99th Street and 32nd Avenue
Outdoor Intermediate Pool, Outdoor Wading Pool

Fort Totten
338 Story Avenue
Outdoor Intermediate Pool, Outdoor Wading Pool, Outdoor Diving Pool

Liberty Park Pool
173rd Street and 106th Avenue
Outdoor Intermediate Pool, Outdoor Wading Pool

Marie Curie Park
211th Street and 46th Avenue
Outdoor Mini Pool

P.S. 10
45th Street and 30th Road
Outdoor Mini Pool

P.S. 186 Playground
Little Neck Parkway & 72nd Avenue
Outdoor Mini Pool

Windmuller Park
54th Street and 39th Road
Outdoor Mini Pool

 

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Dozens of Rockaway beaches closed for swimming due to lack of lifeguards, Sandy damages


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Photo by Salvatore Licata

SALVATORE LICATA

Just because a beach is open doesn’t mean people are allowed to swim there.

As of Thursday, only 29 of the more than 100 beaches in the Rockaways are open to swimming because of damage caused by Superstorm Sandy coupled with a dearth of lifeguards, the Parks Department said.

Many of the others have “normal access,” which, according to the Parks Department, means people are allowed to walk in the sand.

“Swimming is only permitted where there are lifeguards, which is never the entire seven mile beach,” said Zachary Feder, a Parks Department spokesman. “But walking is permitted along the entire length.”

Superstorm Sandy caused major damage to the beaches along Rockaway, which now has the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers working to repair many of them. They are using large pipes to pump sand from the ocean floor on to certain beaches which makes those specific locations closed to swimming.

“More beaches will open as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completes their sand replenishment and grading work,” Feder said. “We cannot allow swimming where the Corps is working. As the Corps finishes a section, that area will reopen for swimming.”

Feder also said another reason why many beaches are still closed to swimming is because the number of lifeguards has not reached its full potential for the year yet. He said lifeguard staffing does not reach its peak until July 4, which is when the volume of beachgoers is at its highest and the lifeguards, many of whom are students, are able to work for the summer.

But locals were upset that swimming was off-limits for most of the shoreline.

“Beaches being closed to swimming not only impacts our recreational life but it cripples the businesses that thrive on people going to beaches,” said Phillip McManus, a Rockaway resident and avid beachgoer, “We need a government that will listen to the people and need our beaches open for swimming now.”

Here is a list of the Rockaway beaches that are open to swimming as of June 19, as stated on the Parks Department website:

Beaches 9, 13, 15, 17, 18
Beaches  29-30
Beaches 115-119
Beaches 120-129
Beaches 131-137

 

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Beat the heat at free outdoor pools in Queens


| editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of nycgovparks.org

Instead of sitting in air conditioning, try cooling off in one of the borough’s free outdoor pools starting Thursday, June 27. All locations are open from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (with a break for cleaning between 3 and 4 p.m.).

Astoria Park
19th Street and 23rd Drive
Olympic-sized Pool

Fisher Pool
99th Street and 32nd Avenue
Outdoor Intermediate Pool, Outdoor Wading Pool

Fort Totten
338 Story Avenue
Outdoor Intermediate Pool, Outdoor Wading Pool, Outdoor Diving Pool

Liberty Park Pool
173rd Street and 106th Avenue
Outdoor Intermediate Pool, Outdoor Wading Pool

Marie Curie Park
211th Street and 46th Avenue
Outdoor Mini Pool

P.S. 10
45th Street and 30th Road
Outdoor Mini Pool

P.S. 186 Playground
Little Neck Parkway & 72nd Avenue
Outdoor Mini Pool

Windmuller Park
54th Street and 39th Road
Outdoor Mini Pool

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beat the Heat: City pools open today


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Photo courtesy of .nycgovparks.org

If the heat wave that started off the 2012 summer season is any indication, then we might be in for a hot summer. Instead of sitting in air conditioning, try cooling off in one of the city’s free outdoor pools, starting June 28. Opened from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (with a break for cleaning between 3 and 4 p.m), there are eight different locations in Queens to swim, including an Olympic-sized pool in Astoria Park. Don’t know how to swim? No problem. The outdoor pools also have free swimming lessons for 1 and half year olds to adults of all ages.

 

Astoria Park

19th St. and 23rd Drive

Olympic-sized pool

 

Fisher Pool

99th St. and 32nd Ave.

Outdoor Wading pool

 

Fort Totten

Story Road. and Pratt Ave.

Outdoor Intermediate Pool, Outdoor Wading Pool, Outdoor Diving Pool

 

Liberty Park Pool

173rd St. and 106th Ave.

Outdoor Intermediate Pool, Outdoor Wading Pool

 

Marie Curie Park

211th St. and 46th Ave.

Outdoor Mini Pool

 

P.S. 10

45th St. and 30th Road

Outdoor Mini Pool

 

P.S. 186 Playground

Little Neck Parkway & 72nd Ave.

Outdoor Mini Pool

 

Windmuller Park

54th St. and 39th Road

Outdoor Mini Pool

 

For more information, visit the NYC Park’s website