It’s Still Hot – Spray Parks open for an additional week (outdoor pools will continue to observe their regularly scheduled closure day)


From DPR:

“Today the Bowser Administration announced that due to the expected high temperatures for the remainder of the week, the District’s Department of Parks and Recreation will keep the District Spray Parks open for an additional week. Spray Parks were scheduled to close today, September 7th at 7:00 PM. According to the National Weather Service, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will bring high temperatures and high humidity.

The following spray parks will extend hours of operation until Sunday, September 13th at 7pm.

Ward 1:
14th & Girard Street Spray Park (14th and Girard St., NW) 1
4th & Park Road Spray Park (14th St. and Park Rd., NW)
Columbia Heights Spray Park (1480 Girard St., NW)
Harrison Spray Park (1330 V St., NW)
Westminster Spray Park (911 Westminster St., NW)

Ward 2:
Stead Rec. Ctr. Spray Park (1625 P St., NW)

Ward 3:
Chevy Chase Rec. Ctr. Spray Park (5500 41st St., NW)
Friendship Spray Park (4500 Van Ness St., NW)
Macomb Spray Park (3409 Macomb St., NW)
Palisades Spray Park (5200 Sherier Pl., NW)
Guy Mason Rec. Ctr. Spray Park (3600 Calvert St., NW)

Ward 4:
FortStevens Spray Park (1327 Van Buren St., NW)
Lafayette Spray Park (5900 33rd St., NW)
Petworth Spray Park (801 Taylor St., NW)
Riggs LaSalle Spray Park (501 Riggs Rd., NE)
Takoma Spray Park (300 Van Buren St., NW)

Ward 5:
Joseph H. Cole Spray Park (1299 Neal St., NE)
Turkey Thicket Spray Park (1100 Michigan Ave., NW)

Ward 6:
Kennedy Spray Park (1401 7th St., NW)
King Greenleaf Rec. Ctr. Spray Park (201 N St., SW)

Ward 7:
FortDavis Spray Park (1400 41st St., SE)
Hillcrest Spray Park (3100 Denver St., NW)
Marvin Gaye Rec. Ctr. Spray Parks (6201 Banks St., NE)

Ward 8:
Fort Greble Spray Park (ML King Jr. Ave. & Elmira St., SW)

Please note that all outdoor pools will continue to observe their regularly scheduled closure day and time.”

One Comment

  • It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense that we shut the outdoor pools down between mid-August and early September, really. I can see going to reduced hours as the core users (kids) go back to school, but it’s warm enough to keep the pools open on a limited schedule until mid-September. Growing up in a colder clime, my apartment building’s (unheated) pool was open from mid-May until the end of September. Yes, it was shockingly cold to swim in it for the first couple of weeks and got pretty cool towards the end, but it was reasonably swimmable. Here, I think we could reasonably do evenings and weekends from May 1 – Memorial Day, full hours Memorial Day – Labor Day, and again evenings and weekends from Labor Day – at least September 15 (if not a little later). Splash parks should undoubtedly operate May 1 – September 30, with potential extensions if we have a brutal October (I remember one year when it was 85+ through most of October).

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