Friday, February 29, 2008

Flushing Meadows Corona Park Pool & Rink

The parks department has a nice page on the new facility including a video of the pool filling up, more pictures of the construction of the pool and yet more of kids enjoying some splashing around in what looks like a test run in mid-January.

According to the site: "This $66.3-million complex features an Olympic-sized pool and NHL-regulation ice rink. It is the first of its kind in the city and includes ADA-accessible features. Flushing Meadows Corona Park Pool & Rink is the largest recreation complex ever built in a city park at 110,000 square-feet.The Olympic-size indoor public pool, the first to open in New York City in four decades, has an adjustable floor and diving tank for public swim and competitive meets."

Membership for adults 18 and up is only $75 for the year ($10 for 55+ and free for kids).

Straight from the website:

Hours of Operation
Monday through Friday 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Sunday: 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Pool Details
Opening date: February 29, 2008
Size: 25 meters x 50 meters (7’-6” deep to 12’-9” deep) with ten lanes
Diving Boards: 3 (one 3-meter and two 1-meter)

Special Features The tank can be divided into three sections. One has a moveable floor to reduce the depth of the pool, one section at 7’-6”and a diving tank at 12’-9”.
Facility includes a mezzanine bleacher section that seats approximately 450 spectators.
An outdoor terrace adjacent to the pool deck.

Photo credit: New York City Department of Parks & Recreation

It's here!!! It's finally here!!!

Ok, so maybe only a Queens resident like me would be this excited, but given the dearth of 50m pools in the city, I think this is a huge development! The pool which was slated for a late 2007 opening is finally open for swimmers! I'll put up more posts as I find more info and visit the facility myself. But for now, enjoy the pics, the article and the excitement :D

Photo credit: Chester Higgins Jr. for the New York Times

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Australian Rock Pools

Now if Australia's national love for swimming wasn't enough to make you want to go for a visit, this just might do it. Today's NYTimes has a scrumptious article on Sydney's rock pools - they are basically carved out sections of the ocean for casual splashers and committed lap swimmers alike to enjoy without the hazards of deadly riptides and sharks! Perfect! The pools, the facilities, the nearby dining and the ocean views all look gorgeous....Anyone for a pool-hopping trip down under? :D

Photo credit: Tony Semack for the New York Times