Squash Anyone? Look What’s Come to Hamilton Fish Park

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You can now play squash in Hamilton Fish Park.

As a six month experiment, the New York City Parks Department accepted a pitch from the Public Squash Foundation to convert a handball court into an open air squash court. Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver was on the Lower East Side this morning for a ribbon cutting. He also took a few swings of the racquet.

The initiative, which cost the foundation around $85,000, is part of an effort to make the “preppy sport” more accessible to the masses. For more of the back story, read this Bloomberg article from 2016.

The Ham Fish court is the first f its kind. It’s free to use on a first-come-first serve basis, except when there’s scheduled programming. Next month, the City Parks Foundation will conduct free youth clinics. More details on the Parks Department’s website.

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Trapeze School New York Hopes to Fly on the LES

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Flying classes at the trapeze school. (Photo Courtesy of Trapeze School New York)

Just last week Hamilton Fish Park’s outdoor pool opened its summer season, but when September rolls around and the pools close, there could be something new taking flight at Ham Fish.

Hamilton Fish Swimming Pool Opens Today!

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One day before the summer season begins at Hamilton Fish Pool.

Summer is now in full-swing.  Today the city opens its outdoor pools, including the Olympic sized Hamilton Fish pool on Pitt Street.  Yesterday, we stopped by the recreation center to have an early look.

Recreation Director Carmen Torres, who has been with the center for about thirteen years, told us he fully expects huge crowds every day during the summer season, even on cloudy, rainy days like this one. “Everybody’s just waiting to jump into the pool,” he said.

Built in 1936 by Robert Moses, the city’s first parks commissioner, the pool was highly regarded for its design and technology. It had such a good reputation that even the Olympic swim team used it for practice sessions on their way to the 1952 games in Helsinki, Finland. 

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Entrance to the pool at park on Houston and Pitt Streets

For safety precautions, extra staff, as well as police and paek security officers will be situated at the pool’s entrance to check  bags. Visitors are required to bring their own locks and flip-flops. For other pool rules, visit the NYC parks website. Membership is not required to  use the pool.

The outdoor pool season begins on June 27th and ends Labor Day, September 3rd Pool hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., with cleaning hours from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Adult lap swim hours at 7-8:30 a.m. Monday-Friday.

 

Ham Fish Pool is Open For the Summer!

Swimmers in Hamilton Fish Pool, Photo by Malcolm Pinckney

Good news as we prepare for more high temperatures over the weekend — New York City’s outdoor pools open today! The Olympic size Hamilton Fish Pool at 128 Pitt St. (just below Houston) will be open  from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., with a break for pool cleaning between 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

The popular Adult Lap Swim will begin on Thursday, July 5th and is offered both mornings and evenings from 7:00 – 8:30.  This year swimmers can register online to participate in the annual outdoor lap swim program. If you swim 30 miles or more over the summer you’ll receive a free 30th anniversary t-shirt, and prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female distance swimmers at each pool program.