As warm spring weather turns into hot summer days, Westchester locals flock toward pools and beaches to splash around in the water and get their healthy (or not so healthy; wear sunscreen, folks) dose of Vitamin D. Even though times are not quite the same as they were, the county and local government have been working toward solutions to maintain public health while allowing residents to preserve some normalcy by engaging in certain summer staples.
County Executive George Latimer has announced that four public pools will reopen for the summer beginning June 26 and lasting through July 3, with modified policies to help ensure the community’s safety like timed, open sessions and hour-long closing periods for cleaning. Here’s your guide to staying cool by the pool in Westchester during COVID-19:
Reduced Capacity — All pools will be operating at 50% maximum capacity to encourage social distancing. (Applies to both sunning and swimming.) All guests must follow posted distancing guidelines. Open to Westchester residents only (must provide proof of residency with a Parks Pass or driver’s license)
Time — All pools will be open for two daily sessions from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. – 6 p.m., with an hour in between for cleaning.
Cost — $4 for adults and children; free for kids under 5 (but they will still be counted towards the pool’s maximum occupancy). Only day-of tickets will be sold (first come first serve). No rainchecks, reentry, or refunds; new Park Passes and season passes are not being issued at this time.
1800 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains
Additional restrictions: Masks mandatory in restrooms; showers and Aqua Playground closed (concessions will remain open).
149 Jackson Ave, Yonkers
Additional restrictions: Masks mandatory in restrooms; showers and Aqua Splash Pad closed (concessions will remain open); Westchester County Parks Pass required for admission (expired passes accepted until locations resume issuing new passes).
355 Midland Ave, Yonkers
Additional restrictions: Masks mandatory in restrooms; Lazy River Tubes, Aqua Playground, water slides, basketball court, and showers closed (concessions will remain open).
East Lincoln Ave, Mt Vernon
Additional restrictions: Masks mandatory in restrooms; Wave Pool, Aqua Playground, Splash Pad, and showers closed (concessions will remain open).