DOUGLASS-DEGRAW POOL, City Outdoor Pool
Pool Size : 75' x 60' x 3'
Rules: no food inside; you must bring a combination lock; bathing suits must have lining; only solid white t-shirts allowed on deck.
This one is a bit smaller than Red Hook Pool (another NYC Parks pool listed in this section) but also nice and has a separate baby/toddler pool. This pool also has some rules, so call and ask questions. Often, there are fewer people here than at the Red Hook Pool.
New York’s 51 outdoor pools are great places for summer
fun and active recreation. Each summer over 1 million visitors learn to swim, keep fit, make friends, and beat the summer heat.
For everybody’s health, safety, and protection, we ask our guests to observe the following rules:
- Bathing suits must be worn on the deck and in the water. Men’s bathing suits must have mesh linings. Hats may be worn on the deck for sun protection but are not allowed in the water. Plain white T-shirts may be worn over bathing suits if desired. Sneakers are not permitted. Rubber flip flops or water shoes are permitted.
- No urinating or defecating in the pools.
- Children under 16 must be at least 8 inches taller than the maximum water depth to enter the pool without adult supervision. Specific height requirements are posted at every pool.
- No person will be permitted in the pool having: skin lesions, sores or inflamed eyes, mouth, nose, or ear discharge, carrying communicable disease or having any type of bandage, adhesive tape, etc., on their body.
- All bathers must take a shower in the locker room before entering the pool.
- Patrons must provide their own padlock. No responsibility is assumed for lost articles. A standard master or combination lock is recommended. Small luggage locks are not permitted.
- The use of swimming aids, water toys, and flotation devices is prohibited.
- Electronic equipment, including radios, cameras, and cellular phones, is not allowed on pool deck.
- Eating or drinking is permitted only in designated areas. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
- Beach chairs, baby strollers, bags, blankets or beach balls are not permitted on the pool deck. We will make our best effort to secure strollers.
- Follow the directives of lifeguards, Parks staff, and the Police.
- Ball playing, running, jumping, using profane language or other forms of disruptive and disorderly behavior are prohibited.
- No diving, except in designated areas.
- No smoking, pets, or glass bottles permitted.
- Books and bound periodicals are permitted on the pool deck. Newspapers are not.
Re: Best outdoor public pool?I've been to the Sunset park pool right when it opens (after the afternoon break) and it wasn't too crowded. We live closer to the "Double D" pool (it's on 3rd Ave bet Douglass and Degraw) and they have a shallow kiddie pool (I think the pool depth is about 12-18") my son really loved when he was younger. It's separate from the larger pool and has a covered area with benches
Re: Best outdoor public pool?Ithink it depends on the temperature. i was at the D&D pool yesterday and it was surprisingly not crowded. But once the thermometer tops 90, the pools fill up. It helps to know when they open and to go then. Also, the wading pools for the kids tend to not be crowded even if the main pool is. It’s smaller than both red hook and sunset park. but for us it’s nearby. During heatwaves though, I go to Red Hook, because D&D can hit capacity and i’ve never seen that happen in Red Hook. All the locker rooms leave a lot to be desired, but the pools are great. just be sure to bring a lock!
Re: Best outdoor public pool?Double D pool on Degraw and Douglass is never crowded, and is small and manageable. There is a baby pool there, too--without sprinklers.
open swimmingDouble D pool is smaller but is also very kid friendly (only 3 feet all the way across)
open swimmingThe Double D pool, at Douglas and Degraw and 3rd Ave is my favourite, smaller but friendly staff. You just have to get used to the rules……