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Update: It’s official:
“The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) will partner with the DC Department of Health (DOH) to host the Seventh Annual DPR Doggie Day Swim on Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 12 pm to 4 pm at DPR’s Upshur Main & Kiddie Pool (4300 Arkansas Avenue, NW); Francis Pool (25th & N Street, NW); and Randall Pool (South Capitol and I Sts., SW).”
Been getting a lot of inquiries lately:
“Do you have any inside knowledge of when doggie swim day is this year in the DMV?”
Good news! A full press release will be coming later this week but I’ve confirmed with DPR by phone that the 7th Annual Doggie Day Swim will be the Saturday after labor day – Sept. 12th from 12-4pm likely at Upshur, Francis and Randall Pools. I’ll be sure to update with more info when the release is issued but based on previous years:
“Admission is free, however all dogs must have a valid, DOH-issued DC dog license, to enter the pool. DPR and DOH encourage dog owners to obtain dog licenses prior to Doggie Day Swim. For more information on how to obtain a dog license, call DOH at (202) 535-2323 or visit the DOH Dog License website. Licenses will be issued on site, however dog owners must have all the required documentation (proof of rabies and distemper vaccinations; and proof of spaying/neutering) and fee payment. Only money orders or personal checks are accepted (no credit cards nor cash), made payable to “DC Treasurer.” The cost of the license is $15 for dogs that are spayed/neutered and $50 for non-spayed/neutered dogs.
Attendance the day of the event will be based on capacity at the time of arrival. During Doggie Day Swim, there will be a capacity limit on the numbers of dogs allowed in the pool at one time: 75 dogs at Upshur Pool, 75 dogs at Randall Pool and 150 dogs at Francis Pool.
To maintain order and to ensure a safe and fun event, dog owners are asked to follow these rules:
All dogs MUST have and wear a valid DC dog license.
Dog handlers must be 16 years of age or older.
Dog handlers cannot swim or enter the pool with their dogs.
Dogs must be sociable and remain leashed while on the pool deck.
All dogs must be current on vaccinations including rabies and distemper.
All dogs must be spayed/neutered.”