Cool off in Flushing Meadows Corona Park’s Olympic Pool, one of the city’s best public pools

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The Aquatic Center at Flushing Meadows Corona Park (GMAP) is home to a gigantic, 25M by 50M swimming pool, the first indoor public pool built in the city for more than 40 years. While it was built as part of a failed bid by the city to host the Olympics, the pool has certainly become a boon for New Yorkers trying to escape the heat. The pool is in the new Flushing Meadows Corona Park Natatorium and Ice Rink building. When it opens later this year, it will be the biggest recreational complex ever built in a city park.


Olympic pool Flushing Meadows Corona Park Queens

As New York Magazine’s pick for the Best Public Pool in the city in 2010, the pool caters both beginner and expert swimmers, who can find a suitable spot in the any of the three sections of the pool. The “Learn to Swim” program is also offered for both children and adults. The pool schedule can be found on USA Pools website, which includes swim classes, open swim times, and private swim information.


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  • As a swimmer (I swim a mile+ most mornings at the Astoria Park Pool) who has rediscovered her affection, joy, and love of swimming this summer, I have been keeping my eye on indoor pools for the “off season” (10 months of the year when the outdoor pools are closed), and Flushing Meadows is on my list for weekend/daytime swims starting in the fall. I’ve heard nothing but great things about it, and my fellow lap swimmers and the lifeguards speak highly of it. My understanding is that lap swimming takes the 25M length – it’s too bad there are no 50M lengths available to swimmers in the indoor pools. But still, it’s a fabulous center, and I have to say – 25M is going to seems like a piece of cake after swimming 50M for so many weeks!

  • Note that while this is a public pool, it’s not free. You need a $150 annual membership to swim in the City’s indoor pools ( Outdoor public pools are, of course, free for all.

    • The great thing about the $150 is that it gets you into any City recreation center, and any pool at those centers. And any of the other facilities – like weight rooms – at the center’s that have them. I think it’s a great deal in NYC.

      • I totally agree! I did not mean to imply that a $150 annual fee is a rip-off, only that it’s different from free. It’s an amazing deal considering it gets you into some very nice gyms (the one across the street from the Flushing pool is great) along with the pools.

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