Pools Staying Open Late and You Can Drink Water on Metro Due to the Heat

Banneker Recreation Center Pool

From DPR:

Today DPR announced, due to the expected high temperatures for the remainder of the week, DPR has extended the operating hours at select District pools for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. According to the National Weather Service, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will bring extremely high temperatures and high humidity. Residents are encouraged to stay inside if possible.

To help residents beat the heat, the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) will extend evening hours at select pools. All outdoor pools will continue to observe their regularly scheduled closure day as indicated below, but some will provide extended hours of operations in the evening.

The following pools will extend hours of operation until 8:30 pm:

Ward 1
Banneker Recreation Center Pool
2500 Georgia Avenue NW
1:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
** Closed on Thursdays

Ward 2
Jelleff Recreation Center Pool
3265 S Street NW
1:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
** Closed on Wednesdays

Ward 5
Harry Thomas Sr. Pool
1743 Lincoln Road, SE
1:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
** Closed on Tuesdays

Ward 6
Rosedale Pool
1701 Gales Street, NE
1:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
** Closed on Wednesdays

Ward 7
Benning Park Pool
5100 Southern Avenue SE
1:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
** Closed on Thursdays

Ward 8
Anacostia Pool
1800 Anacostia Drive SE
1:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
** Closed on Mondays

Fort Stanton Pool
1800 Erie Street, SE
1:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
** Closed on Thursdays

Oxon Run Pool
501 Mississippi Avenue, SE
1:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
** Closed on Mondays

And from WMATA:

“Due the extreme heat, Metro will allow customers to carry and consume water on the system on Wednesday, June 20, and Thursday, June 21, 2012. The exception to Metro’s “no drinking” policy applies to water only — on buses, in stations and aboard trains — and will remain in effect through system closing on Thursday night.”

27 Comment

  • I has assumed (erroneously, it appears) that water was ALWAYS permitted on Metro. Seems like it ought to be.

    • I find it ridiculous that Metro doesn’t allow water. I have always had a water bottle on Metro, thinking that it was allowed — but no sodas, juice, etc. I also have a sad tendency to faint easily, and to know that water isn’t actually permitted on Metro anyways, irks me.

    • Allison

      Yeah it’s kind of silly when they make this grand announcement that they’re going to allow water when everyone both carries and drinks it on the metro all the time because jeez, it’s water.

    • +1. I guess I’ve been breaking the rules, because I always drink water on the metro.

    • I thought there was a lawsuit a couple of years ago to exempt water from the no drinking metro rule?

  • Ward 8 has three pools? Now I see why Barry gets re-elected : )

  • Props to the pools, that is awesome. However, drinking water on metro should not be a “special allowance.” Geesh.

  • Closed on Weekdays?! Why? Isn’t it hot on Weekdays too? Sure, take Sunday off, but I never got the idea of city services that close during weekdays, at least they don’t all close on the same days… I avoid public pools like the plague though because I’m a germaphobe so I really shouldn’t complain.

  • Water drinking isn’t allowed on metro? WTF?

    • Eating and drinking is not allowed on Metro unless they announce otherwise. It’s posted all over the place on trains and buses.

      • Most people take that to mean no soda/coffee/tea, etc. Water is just water and a basic necessity. I get dehydrated easily because of a medical condition and almost always have water on me. I’m seriously annoyed that Metro thinks it’s at all okay to restrict access to water, especially when some people (like me) are on the train for 40 minutes each direction.

        • I was just saying what the rules are. Drinking water is drinking, and therefore not allowed under the posted rules. I don’t think it’s some kind of abstract poetry that can be interpreted multiple ways.

          But since you brought it up, I think your argument is totally bogus. 40 minutes without a sip of water is not exactly a human rights violation.

          • Are you my doctor? No. I have gotten sudden dizzy spells while on the train or waiting for one and have needed the water in my bag to prevent myself from getting sick or fainting. So you don’t get to make that sort of judgment call.

          • I don’t mean to sound insensitive, and I’m sorry about your medical condition, and I’m sure this will come back to bite me in the ass at some point, but I don’t think it’s reasonable to expect Metro to make rules based on the needs of a very small fraction of its riders. For the vast majority of us, eating and drinking on the train doesn’t come anywhere close to being a basic necessity. If you have to take a medically necessary drink of water on the Metro, I doubt it would be a problem.

        • I meant for most people; medical conditions like yours maybe things are different.

  • I don’t know why Metro bothered announcing about the water since they stopped enforcing any of their rules regarding food and drink on the subway years ago.

  • The pools need to hire enough lifeguards and get them ready on time. The kiddie pool at Upshur closed yesterday at 5 because they did not have the staff to guard both pools. Apparently, despite job fairs, they are STILL filling positions and waiting for many applicants to become certified! This baffles me – I was a lifeguard / swimming instructor for a few years, a couple of decades ago and it was a great job that students wanted.

  • I am so tired of water drinkers! Seriously people – you are not going to die without sipping every ten minutes. This is regardless of metro regulations – you just bug me in general. You are not on a lifeboat, crossing the Sahara desert or sledging across Antarctica.

  • What??? No late hours for Upshur Pool? My backyard pool? sorta….

  • You cannot swim at Banneker. There is not enough staff so everyone is sitting around the pool baking while the young lifeguards lounge around. Talk about incompetent city planning…

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