We May Be Approaching 100 Degrees, Alas, “Outdoor Pools will close in waves beginning on Sunday”

by Prince Of Petworth August 12, 2016 at 11:35 am 13 Comments

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Mr.TinDC

From DPR:

“The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) has released the Outdoor Aquatic Facilities Closure Schedule for the 2016 summer season.

Outdoor Pools will close in waves beginning on Sunday, August 14, 2016. Pools will close for the season at 6 pm on their respective Sundays; with the exception of Banneker Pool, Francis Pool, Oxon Run Pool, Rosedale Pool and Upshur Pool which will close on Labor Day, Monday September 5, 2016.

All Spray Parks will close for the season at 7 pm on Labor Day, Monday, September 5, 2016.

East Potomac Outdoor Pool will close for the season at 6 pm on Sunday, October 16, 2016.

Below is the comprehensive closure schedule for the 2016 season. 
Pools are listed by date of closure. 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 14 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 21 for the season:

Ward 1: Park View Children’s Pool (693 Otis Pl., NW)
Ward 5: Harry Thomas Sr. Pool (1743 Lincoln Rd., NE)
Ward 7: Benning Park Pool (5100 Southern Ave., SE)

– Closing at 6 pm on Sunday, August 28 for the season:

Ward 2: Jelleff Pool (3265 S St., NW)
Ward 2: 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)
Ward 8: Fort Stanton Pool (1800 Erie St., SE)

- Closing at 6 pm on Monday, September 5 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 7: Ridge Road (830 Ridge Rd., SE)
Ward 8: Oxon Run Pool (501 Mississippi Ave., SE)

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

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

  • ac

    it seems very short sighted for DPR to start closing pools THIS WEEKEND when it feels like it is over 100 degrees. With school starting back up i would understand more limited hours, but these are important services for many of us, especially those without central air.

    • Blithe

      This is just a guess, but most of the lifeguards that I have known have been either students — including college students from other countries, or teachers and other school staff who work as lifeguards during the summer. It’s possible that the closure schedule is related, at least in part, to staffing issues rather than some sense that public pools are not important. Fortunately, there are now a fair number of indoor pools that are available year round, so at least there are some options.

  • MtP

    It seems crazy to me that pools close in the middle of August in a city as far south as DC. I had no idea.

  • G

    This is absurd. Maybe it makes sense to cut back or end week day hours once school goes back but I don’t see why they can’t keep the pools open on weekends for a few more weeks or at the very least through Labor Day at all pools.

    • wewantpools


      or if they only have so much money, maybe start the season later? it was not very hot in late may when it started, and i didn’t really heat up until a few weeks ago

  • spookiness

    I gave up on public pools many years ago. I lived two blocks from one for about 18 years, but only went once or twice. A nice swim after work would be great but the operation isn’t structured much towards working adults without kids. An adults-only set of hours would have been nice, and perhaps swim programs geared to adults.

    • Jill

      Adults only would be amazing.

    • lucie

      I have kids and even I could get behind a set of evening hours once or twice a week that’s adults only. Maybe wednesdays and Sundays from 6-8pm or something.

    • MtP

      I think there is a pool in PG County (Cheverly maybe) that does adults only nights that are very popular with Capitol Hill people.

  • andy2

    Can we not use the total waste/corruption that is the DC summer jobs program to keep the pools open through labor day?

    I second/third the call for at least a 1 day a week adult hour at my pool. 6-8pm would be amazing when its nasty hot out.

    • Blithe

      It would be great if all of the public high schools had programs that would provide swimming instruction to all students, as well as training and certification for students interested in becoming lifeguards. In any case, DCPS classes start August 22 — so any DC summer jobs programs likely end prior to this date.

      – Most of the people that I know who swim either learned from their parents or family members, or learned in camp. My father learned to swim in the army, and my mother was fortunate in that she had access to one of the few swimming pools available to blacks in then-segregated DC. My brother, who worked as a lifeguard for several summers, and I learned to swim when we were young, and also were able to attend summer programs that offered swimming instruction, something that many of our peers did not have access to. It’s quite possible that the pool of people who both have the skills and certification to work as lifeguards and who would consider this an attractive job option in DC is limited.
      – Derail for a shout out to Simone Manuel and her poise as well as her athletic accomplishments.

      tldr: DC schools start on August 22, so using student lifeguards to keep the pools open through Labor Day would seem like a less than ideal plan.

      • Blithe

        I don’t get why the spray parks are also closing after Labor Day.

  • bruno

    Pools closing in waves. Ha ha. Cute pun.


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