Holy Moly That Went Way Too Fast – DPR Announces Pool Closing Schedule Starting Aug. 16th

by Prince Of Petworth August 5, 2015 at 4:25 pm 24 Comments


From DPR:

The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) released the Outdoor Aquatic Facilities Closure Schedule for the 2015 summer season.  DPR will implement the first phase of Outdoor Pool closures starting on Sunday, August 16, 2015.

  • All Outdoor Pools will close in waves beginning on Sunday, August 16, 2015.  Pools will close for the season at 6 pm on their respective Sundays.
  • All Children’s Pools will close for the season at 6 pm on Sunday, August 23, 2015.
  • All Spray Parks will close for the season at 7 pm on Labor Day, Monday, September 7, 2015.
  • East Potomac Outdoor Pool will close for the season at 6 pm on Wednesday, September 30, 2015.

Below is the comprehensive closure schedule for the 2015 season. 
Pools are listed by type (Outdoor, Children’s and Spray Park) and then by date.  Please call DPR’s Aquatics office at (202) 671-1289 should you have additional questions or need further assistance.


– Closing at 6 pm on Sunday, August 16 for the season:

  • Ward 5: Langdon Park Pool  (2860 Mills Ave., NE)
  • Ward 7: Kelly Miller Pool  (4900 Brooks St., NE)
  • Ward 8: Douglass Pool (1921 Fredrick Douglass Ct., SE)

- Closing at 6 pm on Sunday, August 23 for the season:

  • Ward 1: Happy Hollow Children’s Pool (2200 Champlain St., NW)
                 Park View Children’s Pool (693 Otis Pl., NW)
  • Ward 5: Harry Thomas Sr. Pool (1743 Lincoln Rd., NE)
  • Ward 6: Lincoln Capper Children’s Pool (555 L St., SE)
                 Watkins Children’s Pool (420 12th St., SE)
  • Ward 7: Benning Park Pool (5100 Southern Ave., SE)

– Closing at 6 pm on Sunday, August 30 for the season:

  • Ward 2: Jelleff Pool (3265 S St., NW)
                 Volta Park Pool (1555 34th St., NW)
  • Ward 5: Theodore Hagans Jr. Pool (3201 Fort Lincoln Dr., NE)
  • Ward 6: Randall Pool (25 I St., SW)
  • Ward 8: Anacostia Pool (1800 Anacostia Dr., SE)
                 Fort Stanton Pool (1800 Erie St., SE)

- Closing at 6 pm on Monday, September 7 for the season:

  • Ward 1: Banneker Pool (2500 Georgia Ave., NW)
  • Ward 2: Francis Pool (2435 N St., NW)
  • Ward 4: Upshur Pool (4300 Arkansas Ave., NW)
  • Ward 6: Rosedale Pool (1701 Gales St., NE)
  • Ward 8: Oxon Run Pool (501 Mississippi Ave., SE)

- Closing at 6 pm on Wednesday, September 30 for the season:

  • Ward 2: East Potomac Pool (972 Ohio Dr., SW)


– Closing at 7 pm on Monday, September 7 for the season:

  • Ward 1: 14th & Girard Street Spray Park (14th and Girard St., NW)
                  14th & 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)
  •  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)
  • Ward 4:   Fort Stevens 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)
  •  Ward 7: Fort Davis Spray Park (1400 41st St., SE)
                   Hillcrest Spray Park (3100 Denver St., NW)
  •  Ward 8: Fort Greble Spray Park (ML King Jr. Ave. & Elmira St., SW)”

  • That MAn A

    seriously one of the fastest summers i ever remember…
    i dont know what it is but this year has flown by thus far

    • The OP Anon

      The pools were open on the “daily” schedule for barely two months. It’s pretty pathetic, considering we get days with temps in the 90s through late September. Grrrrrrr.

      • wdc

        I’d love to see the pools open longer, but I think it’s tied to the DCPS schedule (maybe the lifeguards are largely HS kids.)
        DC’s summer break is 10 weeks long– most other areas do 12 weeks, so yes, our summers feel short/ fast.

        • PG’s was 7 weeks so I’m not sure what you mean by most other.

          • cinot

            One contrary school district does not negate the claim of “most” by the OP.

      • Anon. No. 5

        +1, It’s a shame that the pools don’t accommodate the actual summer heat, you know, until Labor Day weekend (at least).

        • wdc

          There are five pools open through labor day weekend.
          Last year, we went to Upshur pool on labor day, and there were maybe a quarter of the usual number of people. It was a gorgeous summer day, perfect for the pool. It appears that people stop thinking of it as “pool season” as soon as school starts.

          • Anon. No. 5

            Fair point, but I commented selfishly as the pool closest to me is one of the earlier ones.

  • Hilly

    Wow. East Potomac Park is closing 3 weeks earlier than last year. Does anyone know if the rumors are true about it being scheduled for demolition and rebuild and closed for the next 2 years?

    • HP

      September 30 is 3 weeks later than usual…or is that a typo and they meant August 30?

      • AK

        No, East Potomac Pool was open much longer than all of the other pools last summer–into October.

        • saf

          Every summer. This year is very early.

  • nonnie

    SO I happen to have a couple weeks off coming up and was thinking about visiting some of DC’s pools during the day, to read and then take a quick dip to stay cool, that sort of thing. Never been to any of them before and I live in Columbia Heights so I think Banneker is probably closest. Which one would be best in your estimation?

    • ZetteZelle

      Depending where you are in CoHi, Upshur Pool (on Arkansas near the 14/Webster intersection) might be closer. I don’t think it gets as crowded as Banneker, though every time I’ve been there the crowd has been predominantly kids & their caretakers.

      • nonnie

        cool, thanks!

        • elbeech

          Yeah, Upshur is a nice pool.

  • Becca
  • anony

    I really don’t get why the spray parks close so early. Septembers are usually plenty hot and there are no lifeguards, so the dcps calendar shouldn’t matter.

  • bberg

    Bummed that the pools are closing soon…but that means the Doggie Day Swim is coming! Have any dates been posted yet?

  • anon

    I get the lifeguard situation with the pools, I guess. But the spray parks? Leave the spray parks open a few more weeks! I’m dreading the hot September weekends with my kids!

  • Rich

    What is it about the DC area and closing pools in August. MoCo does it with their indoor pools for cleaning as does National Capital Y. It would make more sense to do that around Labor Day.

    • Anonymous

      I have a feeling that this has less to do with DCPS and more to do with saving money. The city would save a lot of money not having to pay lifeguards or maintenance staff, and it’s easier to say that the reason for the closure is something other than a budget trick.


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