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City's 55 Public Pools Open With a Splash

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All 55 of the city's public pools opened Friday for the summer and at one pool in the Bronx there was added excitement. NY1's Stephanie Simon filed the following report.

There have always been two kinds of pool goers: Those who jump right in and those who dip their toes in first. Well now there's also the spray enthusiasts at Crotona Park in the Morrisania section of the Bronx.

"I think this is very good for children just like me, my age," said one young park goer.

"I think it's very good because Crotona Pool is the best," said another youngster.

"You can run anywhere and you can get wet," a third youngster pointed out.

Crotona Park has just opened a brand new, $1.6 million spray park where there was once a diving pool and later a volley ball court.

"We are so excited to have this new spray shower that we think will be much more heavily used and bring in some younger kids," said Crotona Park Parks Administrator Portia Dyrenforth.

It's designed to complement the historic Crotona Pool built in 1936.

"The spray shower designed here which is a sun burst is um, was inspired by the medallions that are on the side of the pool that were designed by Fredrick Roth at that time," Dyrenforth said.

There are many cultural attractions at the 127 acre Crotona Park as well.

"Yeah we have a lot of music at Crotona Park, we have the Met Opera coming on July 1, we also have Thursdays in July. Every Thursday we have old school DJs. We also have every Friday morning we have the summer stage," Dyrenforth said.

Crotona and other city pools offer free swim lessons. It's a lot of fun but there are rules. Visitors must be in swim attire. You can bring sunscreen, hats and sunglasses and a lock for the lockers. But no food and no newspapers.

"We urge people to leave their electronic devices at home or at least lock them in the locker. Out on the pool deck, it's wet. It's a wet environment. Things can get misplaced so we want to avoid those kinds of problems," said Parks Department First Deputy Commissioner Liam Kavanagh.

All city pools are free and open through Labor Day.

For more information, visit nycgovparks.org.

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