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Crown Heights Armory

Located in the heart of Crown Heights, the Major Owens Community Center is housed in a turn-of-the-century armory, redeveloped into a world-class recreation center. Imagine is thrilled to be one of the armory's anchor tenants, as operators of a new 6-lane, 25-yard swimming pool. This full-sized lap pool includes a 7'6" deep end, state-of-the-art water treatment systems, and spacious locker room and viewing areas.

The Crown Heights Armory pool hosts swim lessons for all ages; lap swim; swim team practices; synchronized swimming; aqua aerobics; lifeguard training, and much more. In addition to programming provided by Imagine, the pool also welcomes a variety of partners, making the pool available for a wide range of community benefits.

With a water temperature in the mid-80's, this location is suitable for children 18 months and older.



1561 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225
Between Union St. & President St.


Entering the facility

  • You can enter the facility at 1561 Bedford Ave. between Union & President Streets.
  • Everyone 12 and up must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination and a photo ID at the security desk.
  • Security will direct you through the turnstiles and to the right where you will proceed to the blue swimming pool building beneath the large Carey Gabay Recreation Center sign, via the walkway alongside the basketball courts and turf field.

Before & After Class

  • Please park strollers in the stroller parking area below the undersea mural before entering the locker rooms.
  • If you have children of the opposite sex we encourage you to use the Family Changing room. However, children 6 years and under are allowed in opposite sex locker rooms with an adult parent or caregiver.
  • If you forgot goggles, swim caps, etc., these items can be purchased at the swim shop in the pool lobby.
  • Please drop your children off, changed and ready to swim, in the hallway to the pool deck about 2 minutes before class begins. Please do not enter the pool deck with street shoes on. The Deck Supervisor will accompany your child as they rinse off in the on-deck showers, and then head to their class.
  • Masks and towels can be left on the hooks in the hallway to the pool deck.
  • After class please walk through the locker rooms to the pool deck hall to pick up your children. The Deck Supervisor will accompany all students to the hall and will hand them off to you.

Facility Rules

  • No strollers or street shoes are allowed on the pool deck.
  • Food and drink are not allowed anywhere in the pool area, including the bleachers.
  • Glass is not allowed anywhere on the premises.
  • We encourage families with young children who are not currently swimming to wait in the lobby viewing area (not the bleachers).
  • Wet bathers are not allowed in the bleacher area.


Community Board 9 Resident / Senior Citizen Fitness Center Member Hours


Lap Swim 7AM-9AM


Lap Swim 8-9AM, 6:30-7:30PM


Lap Swim 7AM-9AM


Lap Swim 8AM-9AM, 6:30PM-7:30PM


Lap Swim 7AM-9AM


Family Swim (families with children only) 4PM-6PM


Family Swim (families with children only) 4PM-6PM


LAP SWIM MEMBER / Single Visit Hours


Lap Swim 7AM-9AM, 6:30 PM-8:00 PM


Lap Swim 8-9AM, 6:30-7:30PM


Lap Swim 7AM-9AM, 6PM-7PM


Lap Swim 8AM-9AM, 6:30PM-7:30PM


Lap Swim 7AM-9AM, 7PM-8PM


Lap Swim 7:30AM-8AM, Family Swim (families with children only) 4PM-6PM


Lap Swim 7:30AM-8AM, Family Swim (families with children only) 4PM-6PM



Monthly Lap Membership


Lap Swim, Single Visit


Income-Based Discount, Monthly Membership

$24.80/month *

Income-Based Discount, Single Visit

$5/session *

MOCC Fitness Center Member - CB9 resident & Senior Citizen

During designated FITNESS CENTER MEMBER hours only, no fee.




4:00 PM - 6:00 PM


4:00 PM - 6:00 PM



Senior Citizen / CB9 Fitness Center Members

No fee

Families enrolled in lessons

No fee


$20 per visit

Children 3 years and older

$5 per visit

Adults, Income-Based Discount

$4 per visit *

Children 3+, Income-Based Discount

$1 per visit *

Lap Swim Members

Members free, non-member family members must pay the fees listed above.



Family swim is for recreational swim only, not lap swim or swim lessons, and is restricted to families with children.

All bathers must shower before entering the pool. Wet bathers are not permitted in the bleacher area. Food, drink, glass, street shoes, strollers, running, & horseplay is prohibited. Inflatable floatation devices or toys are not allowed in the pool. See sign on the pool deck for other important pool rules.

An adult must be in the water with all children under the age of 12, and any children who have not passed the swim test.

All swimmers must be able to swim 25 yards continuously and tread water for 60 seconds without flotation devices or swim aids in order to be allowed in the deep end.

Swim time is limited to 30 minutes when others are waiting to access the pool.

All individuals must follow pool rules, COVID safety measures, and the directions of Imagine lifeguards and other staff. Failure to do so may result in immediate removal from the pool.

No refunds or credits will be issued for any reason.



*Income Based Discounts

Who Qualifies?: Individuals & families with household incomes less than 200% of the federal poverty level, based on household size. See table below.

What’s the discount?: Qualified individuals and families receive an 80% discount off the cost of lessons, lap swim, and other programming.

How Do I Register For A Discount?: Visit the Major R. Owens Health & Wellness Community Center membership desk at 1561 Bedford Avenue during income verification hours:

  • Mondays, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Tuesdays, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesdays, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Bring the following proofs of income, proof of residency, and identification:

  • A government issued photo ID AND
  • Your 2 most recent pay statements (they must be issued consecutively) AND
  • W2’s from the prior year.

What if I’m unemployed?: Bring your 2 most recent pay statements from your previous employer, and an unemployment letter instead of a W2.

Why can’t I find any availability?: Due to the pandemic-related labor shortage, it’s been challenging to find teachers & lifeguards. We’re working hard everyday to recruit and train new employees and will add more classes to the schedule as soon as we’re able.

Persons in family/household

Income Threshold

















Families/households with more than 8 persons

Add $9,080 for each additional person.