Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park Aquatics Complex


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Updated April 14, 2020.

Facility Overview

Facility Name
Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park Aquatics Complex
679 Riverside Drive at West 145th Street, Hamilton Heights
New York, NY 10031
(212) 694-3600 for the information line; 694-3660 for the Aquatics Department.

Adult Admission Price & Policy

Recreation swims: $2.00; Senior Citizens (62) $1.00. Lap swimming sessions are held only from 6:30 to 7:30 AM and 8 to 9 AM and require monthly passes (see below) and reservations. [November, 2021]
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Lap swim pass: $30.00 for a one-month pass. [November, 2021]

Full-Size, Year-Round Pools & Boards

Pool 1
50m x 60f, 8 lanes, indoors, 82º - 84ºF (28º - 29ºC).


See "Facility Notes", below.
New York City (All 5 Boroughs)
40.825501, -73.957939

Teams That Use This Facility

We have no web links or contact information for teams that train at this facility.

Facility Notes

In winter, swimming tickets must be purchased at the skating rink.
Kickboards, pull-buoys, and red Zoomers are available.
No children are allowed in lap swim sessions.
There's also a 25m, 6 lane outdoor, seasonal pool, often the only one open for laps in summer.
Lane availability, overall cleanliness, and water quality vary widely according to the season - avoid it in summer; don't miss it the rest of the year.
As of September, 2019, and effective through late June, 2020, 50 meter, adult, lap swim-only sessions are scheduled from 6:30 to 7:30 AM and from 8 to 9 AM. Admission to lap swim sessions is by prepaid pass only; passes can be purchased only between 9 AM and 7 PM.
25y "Courtesy Lanes" may be available during some Recreational Swim periods.
The fastest, easiest way to reach this pool by subway: Take the #1 Broadway local subway to 137th Street, a 10-minute walk. (It is a 25-minute walk from the A train 145th Street station). Turn left (west) onto 138th Street from Broadway, walking on the south (left) side. At the foot of the hill, take the stairs and cross Riverside Drive to the pedestrian bridge. Turn left after the basketball courts and take the first stairway on the right. The pool building is the first one on the left.

Facility Reviews

Underutilized, especially off-season.
By FAR the best deal in NYC.
Lockers are rudimentary, but clean. Allow extra time to find on a first visit.
In summer you can't see the bottom. Showers function sporadically, often without hot water.
Call ahead; the pool closes often for special events. Bring a good lock; don't bring valuables (cautionary, not to dissuade). Water quality is a problem only in summer.
Heads-up! Food left in lockers has caused an infestation of cockroaches.
The showers and lockers are not the best but, if you just want to swim, this is your place.
[August, 2013]
The pool consistently opens late on summer evenings because the cleaning staff does not finish on time. The women's restrooms have been closed when the cleaning is not finished. Hot water is rarely available, especially in winter. And the whole complex closes annually for all of September.
[July, 2015]
It's so wonderful to have this facility in my area: beautiful, clean, and essential for good health. I'm very grateful. As of this posting, the swim Aquatics for Seniors is closed. I'm looking forward to the re-opening.
[April, 2021]