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Astoria Park Pool

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Astoria Park Pool

Astoria Park boasts the oldest, largest and arguably most popular public swimming pool in all of New York City. This massive urban watering hole, planned by 20th century "master builder" Robert Moses, was part of the Depression-era Works Progress Administration campaign to open 11 new pools in the city. The main swimming pool, which encompasses 54,450 square feet, was designed to hold a whopping 3,000 swimmers. Due to its size, the facility proved to be the perfect host for Olympic-qualifying events in both the 1936 and 1964 Summer Games.

Today, Astoria Park Pool remains one of the most beloved swimming destinations for New Yorkers looking to cool off.