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Hamilton Fish Pool back in the swim of things; Opens Wed., Aug. 5

BY THE VILLAGE SUN | Indoor pools aren’t an option right now, so the city’s public outdoor pools are more important than ever.

The outdoor pool at Hamilton Fish Park on the Lower East Side was slated to go back into action during the second phase of city pool openings on Sat., Aug. 1.

But there was a slight glitch that kept that cool, refreshing water off limits for a few more days.

It wasn’t, as some might have suspected, connected to coronavirus or fears about crowding or staffing issues. It was an infrastructure problem.

“Due to an unanticipated failure of the piping system, we were unable to open Hamilton Fish Pool on Saturday,” a Parks Department spokesperson said.

“We are happy to report that the piping failure has since been repaired, and Hamilton Fish Pool will be open for the public to enjoy starting Wed., Aug. 5.”

Hamilton Fish features an Olympic-size pool, along with a smaller wading pool, at E. Houston and Pitt Sts.

Pool hours will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

All pool users will be required to wear a face covering to enter the facility. Face coverings must be worn in locker rooms, bathrooms and on the pool deck. They are not to be worn in the water.

Pool users are asked to maintain at least 6 feet of social distance, except between members of the same household. If a pool reaches capacity, patrons may be given a time to return to the line.

During general swim hours, aquatic programs including Lap Swim, Learn to Swim, Senior Splash & Swim, and Water Exercise classes.

People should bring a sturdy combination lock to keep valuables safe in an on-site locker.

For more information, visit the Parks Department’s page for Hamilton Fish Pool.

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