May 27, 2014 By Michael Florio
Astoria residents are gearing up for the summer swimming season.
The Parks Department released the schedule for the Astoria Park Pool, located at 19th Street and 23rd Drive, last week.
The pool will open on June 26 and will be able to be accessible through Labor Day, September 1. It will be open between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and again from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m.
One resident, Alex Polizio, said that he is very excited that the pool is opening so he and his two preschool daughters can go swimming.
“I’ve already bought their bathing suits and goggles,” he said. “I plan to come all day, every day I can.”
However not all residents are excited as Polizio. One Astoria resident, who was in the playground with her child at Astoria Park on Friday, said she had no intention of going to the pool, as she prefers swimming at a friend’s pool in Long Island.
The Parks Dept. suggests residents bring a lock to keep valuables safe, while leaving electronics, food, glass bottles and newspapers at home.
Astoria Pool is one of the best free pools in town.
I’ve been going for years and can’t wait for it to open.
Nothing like swimming outdoors.
Taking a shower is mandatory before you hop into any pool. (look at signs posted at your local gym or YMCA), it is to prevent some people who haven’t taken showers to rinse off their sweat and stickiness before going in the pool.. at least I think that is the reason.
yes and the staff are just impolite and get paid their hourly summer rate… don’t let them bother you from having a good day.
Just remember, bring a lock if you bring a bag or wear your bathing suit (swim diaper for kids), flip flops and towel and go enjoy yourself.
i just wish that the staff they hire were not so nasty and to shower before going in to the pool is a little ridiculous some of us would like to just take some sun in and get wet .