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McCarren Park Pool to Open in June

By Meredith Hoffman | March 27, 2012 6:26pm | Updated on March 28, 2012 2:00pm
The pool will open June 28 for swimmers.
The pool will open June 28 for swimmers.
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NYC Parks Department

WILLIAMSBURG—It's not just for concerts anymore.

The famed McCarren Park Pool is set to open on June 28 as a swimming facility for the first time in 28 years following a massive renovation.

The 37,950-square-foot pool in Williamsburg will welcome 1,500 swimmers after a $50 million overhaul, as the blog A Walk in the Park first reported.

When the giant pool, located between Lorimer and Leonard streets, was built in 1936, as one of 11 pools built in the city by the Works Progress Administration, it was big enough for 6,800 swimmers to splash around.

The facility closed in 1984 and then became a concert venue in 2005. It has been undergoing a major reconstruction the past few years.

The pool will also become an ice-skating rink in the winter from October to March, the Parks Department has announced.

The Parks Department did not respond immediately to requests for comment on hours of the public pool.