Need to cool off? Central Park has its own watery oasis for escaping the summer heat.
Situated between 106th and 108th Streets in mid-park, nestled between loops of the park drive, you’ll find Lasker Rink and Pool. It was constructed in the late 1960’s, made possible by a contribution by the extremely philanthropic (and wealthy) Lasker sisters. While they clearly had the best of intentions, and there is no doubt that the facilities have provided a wonderful boon to the community, the project itself was fought over bitterly for years. It displaced a corner of The Meer and was therefore seen by park purists to be nothing short of desecration. While we may thank the vigilance of concerned citizens and dedicated commissioners for keeping literally dozens of absurd and inappropriate additions from ever coming to fruition (a racetrack and a housing project being just two examples), it is difficult to get too worked up over this installation. Especially if you are close enough to hear the happy screams of landlocked city children splashing about on a hot summer day.
Location: Mid-Park between 106th and 108th Streets
Pool Opens July 1st and closes after Labor Day
Open 7 days a week from 11:00am to 3:00pm and 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Lasker Pool also offers Lap Swimming Mon. – Fri. from 7:00 – 8:30 AM & 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Summer Pool Admission: Free
Bring all your own supplies including a lock
For information: 212-534-7639