Astoria Park has one of the largest and most popular swimming facilities in the country, with a main pool and diving pool that meet Olympic standards, as well as a wading pool. At 330 feet in length, the main pool is the largest in New York City.
Perhaps the most exciting events in the history of Astoria Pool were the Olympic Trials for the U.S. Swim and Diving Teams. The pool’s grand opening was July 4, 1936, and it was on this day that the finals of the Olympic swim tryouts began. This remarkable contest returned to Astoria in 1964. The two fountains located on the east end of the pool (which now spray water twenty-five feet in the air) served as Olympic torches which burned throughout the events in 1936 and 1964.
For more info visit New York City Department of Parks & Recreation @ Astoria Pool.
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