Address: 776 Lorimer St, Brooklyn, NY 11222 (between Bayard Street and Driggs Avenue) map
Open: Opens June 29, 2016
Times: Daily 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
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Located within the 35-acre McCarren Park, McCarren Pool was one of eleven pools opened by Robert Moses in 1936. The pool closed in 1984 and sat unused until the summer of 2005, when the empty pool basin opened as a popular venue for concerts, dance, and movies. In 2012, a renovated McCarren Pool opened as a center for year-round recreation for the residents of northern Brooklyn. The rehabilitation of the Pool preserved the historic bathhouse building and entry arch.
* Recreation center membership ($150 per year for adults; $25 per year for seniors; free for children and teens under the age of 18) is required for the use of our indoor pools.
What to Bring
Make sure you have a sturdy combination lock when you head out to the pool. It will keep your valuables safe, and let you hit the water feeling more secure about your belongings.
What Not to Bring
Youíll need to leave food, glass bottles, electronic devices, and newspapers at home. Unbound periodicals tend to blow around and create litter, food can be messy to clean up after, and thereís too much water around to make sure your electronics stay safe. Just to be on the safe side, we also recommend leaving valuables like jewelry and credit cards at home.
What to Wear
Youíll need to have a swimsuit to enter the pool area. We may choose to check menís shorts for a lining if we canít tell if they are wearing a bathing suit. Feel the need to cover up from the sun? Throw on a plain white shirt or white hat and youíre set. We donít allow shirts with colors on them on the deck.
For the Kids
Thinking of bringing floaties? It's safer to leave them at home and just stay in the shallow end of the pool until everyone learns to swim. Want to venture deeper? Try some of our free swimming classes. Babies or toddlers can put on swim diapers before they head into the water. While we may be able to find a place to park your stroller, we canít keep an eye on it for you, so bring it at your own risk.
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The Entrance to McCarren Park Pool is on Lorimer Street, between Driggs Avenue and Bayard Street.
FROM THE BEDFORD AVENUE L TRAIN STATION:
Take the L train to the Bedford Avenue stop in Brooklyn. Walk north on Bedford to Lorimer Street, take a right on Lorimer, the Main Arch of the pool is on the left on Lorimer St. between Driggs & Bayard Ave.
FROM THE METROPOLITAN G TRAIN STATION AND THE LORIMER L TRAIN STATION:
Take the G or L train to Metropolitan Avenue or Lorimer, respectively. Walk out of the station and cross Metropolitan on Union. Walk up Union under BQE overpass until you reach Roebling. Make a right, walk one block to Lorimer.
FROM THE NASSAU AVENUE G TRAIN STATION:
Take the G to Nassau Avenue. Walk South two blocks to Lorimer Street and take a left on Lorimer Street. Walk 1 1/2 long blocks and McCarren Park Pool will be on your left.
DRIVING DIRECTION FROM MANHATTAN:
Take the Williamburg Bridge and get off at the very first exit, immediately upon crossing the bridge. Take a left onto Havemeyer Street. It dead ends into Metropolitan, where you take a right. Go under the BQE and take a left on Union. Drive several blocks and McCarren Park Pool will be on you right.
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