Three Brooklyn public pools set to reopen in August

The massive Sunset Park Pool is one of three Brooklyn pools set to open in August.
Photo by Jordan Rathkopf

Three Kings County pools will reopen to give Brooklynites a chance to cool off with some socially distanced swimming in August, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on July 1. 

Sunset Park Pool, Betsy Head Pool in Brownsville, and Kosciuszko Pool in Bedford-Stuyvesant will all be opened on August 1, according to Hizzoner, who announced the reopening of 15 public pools citywide. 

“For families, for kids in particular this is going to be so important,” the mayor said. “Something to look forward to and enjoy this summer and a place to stay cool.” 

City planners chose 15 of the largest public pools in the city to reopen in an effort to allow pool-goers to spread out, according to de Blasio. Still, social distancing and face coverings will be required while not in the pools themselves.

The announcement comes as great relief to city dwellers, many of whom thought the city was destined for a summer with no respite from the heat due to safety and budget concerns at the height of the pandemic.

As the case count has decreased, the mayor has allowed for swimming at city beaches starting July 1, and made room in the budget for lifeguards to staff the 15 reopening pools. 

“It will all be worth it,” the mayor said. “For our kids in particular it’s going to help for them to have a better summer.”