NYC outdoor public pool hours extended amid heat wave

NYC outdoor public pool hours extended amid heat wave

Staten Island, NY-New York City has been able to handle temperatures that reach high temperatures since the mid-’90s, so New York City’s outdoor public pool is open for an extra hour on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

The Parks Department has implemented the city’s thermal recommendations from noon Wednesday to 8:00 pm Thursday, so the Olympic and medium-sized pools will be at 8:00 pm on July 20 and 21 instead of the usual 7:00 pm Announced that it is open until. .. This applies to Staten Island’s favorite pools in Port Richmond. Lions pool in Tompkinsville. Tottenville Pool; and West Brighton Pool.

As part of the Cool Pools NYC initiative, Tottenville Pool was upgraded in 2019 to a resort-style pool with summer-themed wall art, deck lounge chairs and umbrellas, and poolside palm trees.

Due to the current national shortage of lifeguards, the city had to cancel free swimming lessons in public pools this season, including lap swims, senior swims and the Learn to Swim program. Private swimming lessons are currently full of long waiting lists.

Precautions during thermal advisory

According to, high humidity can cause actual temperatures to reach 102 degrees Celsius on Wednesday afternoon.

According to the National Weather Service, this condition can cause heat stroke, increasing the risk for the elderly and those with chronic or mental health problems.

Working outdoors should be restricted during heat recommendations and should include frequent breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments. Those who are overwhelmed by the heat should immediately move to a cool, shaded area.

In addition, authorities recommend checking for vulnerable friends, family and neighbors.

Cooling center and spray shower

According to the New York City Emergency Management Agency, cooling centers across the five provinces (locations such as libraries and community hubs) are open from Tuesday. Residents can use the city’s interactive map to find nearby locations.

The city also operates spray showers at playgrounds and parks in the city, including 25 on Staten Island.

In general, spray showers work on days when the temperature rises above 80 degrees Celsius.

Some parks on Staten Island with spray showers include Clove Lakes Park, Wolfe’s Pond Park, Midland Playground, and Markham Playground.

For a complete list of spray showers in Staten Island parks, visit the City Department of Parks website,

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