UPDATE: According to Mayor Bill de Blasio's June 30 press conference, which he used to discuss NYC's budget, several outdoor pools in NYC will open by Aug 1. They are as follows:
Bronx: Crotona, Haffen
Brooklyn: Sunset, Betsy Head, K-Poo
Manhattan: Hamilton Fish, Jackie Robinson, Marcus Garvey
Queens: Astoria, Liberty, Fisher
Staten Island: Lyons, Tottenville
Three pools will open on July 24, according to the July 1 press briefing:
Be sure to also check out how the Cool It! NYC program affects your neighborhood.
We might be able to take a dip at our local pool this summer after all.
In April, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that NYC pools will be closed this year due to the virus and budget cuts. However, now that progress has been made, those plans could change.
"We're now going to be reassessing everything. We're making some real progress," the mayor said during his press briefing on Tuesday, June 9. "Thank God, through everyone's effort, [the virus' numbers] have gone lower and lower, but we have to make sure it stays lower. If we can do that, then we're having a real conversation about beaches, for sure. If we can do that, there may even be a way to get back to pools. We're not there yet."
So while we might not know for sure just yet, we can "start a conversation around pools." Additionally, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced during his press briefing on Thursday, June 11 that each locality in New York will determine if public pools and playgrounds can open within their particular region, provided they follow health data and metrics before reaching a decision.
Each locality will determine when public pools and playgrounds will open in their region.— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) June 11, 2020
They must use health data & metrics as a guide to inform each decision.
Here's to hoping that we can safely return to our typical summer activities this year. In the meantime, check out updates on our favorite kids' camps in the city and see what's on the New York Public Library's summer reading list.
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