New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

Million Dollar Investment for Pool at John Jay Park Finished in Time for Summer

Upper East Side, NY New York City kids celebrating the first day of summer today can jump into the Upper East Side’s newly reopened John Jay Pool which has been renovated as part of a $5 Million investment in pools citywide. A ribbon cutting ceremony to reopen the pool was attended by Manhattan Parks Borough Commissioner Bill Castro and Council Member Ben Kallos. Following the ribbon cutting, Kallos cannonballed into the water to celebrate.

John Jay Pool Opens with $925k Improvement

Mayor Bill de Blasio invested $5 million to renovate the structural, electrical and plumbing systems at a number of different pools throughout the city, as part of an initiative led by City Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver.

The Parks Department spent $925,000 on the improvements at the John Jay Pool, making significant improvements to the infrastructure to improve pool operations. Parks replaced the pool filtration system with a new state-of-the-art system that improves reliability and reduces energy use for years to come.  The Department also replaced the deteriorated electrical system with new conduit, wire and LED fixtures that provide reliable service while reducing energy use.  To support operation of the new systems, Parks rebuilt much of the filter plant with a new steel stairway, landings and equipment support.

“It is my pleasure to officially declare the city’s coolest spaces – our outdoor pools – open for the summer!” said Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP. “Every summer, about two million people visit our City’s outdoor pools to cool off, splash around and get some exercise. We also have free swimming lessons, lap swim hours and even free sunscreen in case you forget to pack some! We want everyone to head out to our pools and have a fun and safe summer.”

“I’m so happy that the renovations to John Jay Pool have been completed and that swimmers throughout NYC will be able to take a dip in one of the best public pools our city has to offer. Thank you to Mayor de Blasio, the NYC Parks Department and all of the community leaders who advocated for these renovations,” said Congress Member Carolyn Maloney.

“Swim season is officially here, and John Jay Pool has finished renovations just in time to keep New Yorkers cool for the summer,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “I thank everyone involved in funding and executing this renovation.”

“Summer has arrived so make a splash and cool down in our beloved pool at John Jay Park. I commend our Mayor Bill de Blasio, Manhattan Borough Park's Commissioner Bill Castro, and Council Member Ben Kallos for working hard to make the City's pools renovations a reality in our community with new electrical and filtration equipment. Raising two kids in this neighborhood, John Jay Park is our backyard. We can all look forward to taking a swim this summer in crystal clear water at John Jay Park pool,” said Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright.

“Swim season is here for this hot summer, and John Jay Pool is ready with the renovations it needs to keep its swimmers cool,” said Council Member Ben Kallos, Co-Chair of the East River Esplanade Taskforce, who cannonballed into the pool after the ribbon cutting. “Thank you to Mayor Bill de Blasio for funding these renovations, Commissioner Mitchell Silver for getting them done on time, and all of our parks employees and lifeguards who will keep our pools open and safe this summer.”

Outdoor pool hours are open daily from 11:00 a.m. through 7:00 p.m., with a break for pool cleaning between 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. All intermediate and Olympic-sized pools will remain open until Sunday, September 8, 2019. The Parks Department offers learn to swim, early bird and night owl lap swimming and a youth swim team at John Jay. Free learn to swim programs are available at


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