Lasker Pool, New YorkFor those of you have visited New York in the summer, you’ll know that summer in the city can get awfully hot.

The (illegal) way kids used to cool down was to tamper with the fire hydrants. Luckily, that practice is long gone, and children’s playgrounds now offer water park areas. My kids are always thrilled to cool down by running and splashing through the water.

But when we want to swim, we walk down to Central Park’s Lasker pool – a huge swimming pool at the northern end of Central Park, close to the Haarlem Meer.

Lasker Pool, New YorkThe pool was opened in 1966, and it is absolutely free to the public.

You may have missed this year’s Central Park swimming season for 2014, but soon you can enjoy ice skating and ice hockey. In the winter, the pool converts to a skating rink and hosts an Ice Hockey in Harlem volunteer program.

Swimming in the summer and ice skating in the winter – another reason to spend time in beautiful Central Park when you’re next in New York.


The old methods of cooling down during New York summers
The old methods of cooling down during New York summers (a.k.a. breaking fire hydrants)