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From DPR:

“Today, the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) released the 2019-2020 Indoor Pool Maintenance Closure Schedule. Beginning Monday, November 18, DPR’s indoor, year-round aquatic centers will temporarily close in phases, to undergo yearly scheduled preventative and corrective maintenance.

In partnership with the Department of General Services (DGS), the closure periods include pool drainage, water circulatory system repair, chemical controller service, and outstanding work order abatement. Pools at Dunbar, Ferebee Hope, HD Woodson, Marie Reed and the Therapeutic Aquatic Center will remain open for the duration of this winter’s maintenance schedule.

Indoor Pool Closure Schedule: Read More


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From DPR’s Doggie Day Swim:

“Saturday, September 7th at 12pm

Upshur Pool, Randall Pool & Francis Pool

Secure a spot

With the end of the outdoor swimming season, this annual event provides dogs with a one-day opportunity to jump in the pools, enjoy a swim and play fun aquatics games.

Admission is free, however all dogs must have a valid and original DC Department of Health (DOH) issued dog license (no photo copies) and tag to enter the pool. Read More


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Ed. Note: Stay tuned for details on the coming doggie day swim.

From DPR:

“The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) has released the outdoor aquatic facilities closure schedule for the 2019 summer season.

Outdoor pools will close in waves beginning on Sunday, August 11, 2019. Pools will close for the season at 6 p.m. on their respective Sundays; with the exception of Banneker Pool, Francis Pool, Langdon Park Pool, Oxon Run Pool, and Rosedale Pool, which will close 6 p.m. on Monday, September 2, 2019 (Labor Day). Read More


“Dear PoPville,

A number of people tried to go to Harry Thomas Sr. pool this morning at 10am only be turned away by staff who claimed that the 10am opening time posted on the DPR website and the door of the pool building (pic attached here) was “outdated information”. In fact the 10am opening time is supposed to be new this summer and Mayor Bowser had done a big press push about it.

I’ve so far had pretty fruitless attempts to contact DPR, my council member and the Mayor’s office about this. Read More


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Thanks to a reader for passing on her query to DGS about the status of the reopening of the East Potomac Pool:

“Thank you for your inquiry about the modernization of East Potomac Pool, which is currently underway. This email is to provide an update regarding the construction and the pool’s opening.

We want to assure you that providing residents and the patrons of the East Potomac Park with a state of the art new pool; pool deck and pool house is our priority.

The opening of East Potomac Pool is currently scheduled for summer of 2020. This is a delay from our previously communicated timeframe of Summer 2019. The new date and time is due to unforeseen construction circumstances during construction.

During construction, our teams faced several unforeseen circumstances, which included the findings of: Read More


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“Dear PoPville,

All this nice weather has me thinking about the summer pool season. I know there were rumors that the East Potomac (Hains Point) pool would be closed for a lengthy period of time for repairs. Any update on whether that’s happening? I’d hate to be without that pool all summer!”

DPR tells me the good news:

the pool will be open this summer.”

Ed. Note: T minus (around) two months till outdoor pools open!


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Update from DPR:

“In the early spring, East Potomac suffered a structural failure which jeopardized the facility from opening this summer at all. DGS and DPR retained an engineer to provide an assessment of the structure who then made recommendations for a temporarily fix to safely get guests through the summer.

This facility is over 75 years old and with the current state of the infrastructure, it will take us longer than normal to properly winterize the building. If we do not take the time to winterize it properly, we risk a catastrophic failure and the facility being unusable for a very long time. We are all trying to avoid that. To ensure we have enough time to winterize it, the facility will close on September 30th which is still three weeks longer than most municipal pools on the east coast.”

A reader sends an update on the beloved East Potomac Park Pool:

“This is the infamous Fenty $50k heater pool. It really is a (albeit beat-up) gem. DPS abruptly closed it today and with apparent plans to demolish and rebuilt but with insufficient money to do so.”

OP also shares a detailed note from Council Member Brianne Nadeau: Read More


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