3950 37th Street, NW at Rodman

Long time coming but finally getting there.

“The Hearst Park & Pool includes design and construction of two brand new tennis courts with a practice wall, the renovation of the existing soccer field, a new pool and pool house, remediation of site drainage, runoff and erosion issues. The Project will also include landscaping, fencing, site furnishings, amenities, signage, and pathways.”

And thanks to Jenny for sending a couple of visitors to the soccer field: Read More


“Dear PoPville,

I’m wondering if you’d be interested in a post asking folks if their DC apartment complex pools are fully opened and staffed? Management at the Promenade in Adams Morgan, is claiming to residents (in both of their buildings) that the DC-area lifeguard shortage is ongoing and that they can only get lifeguards to split days between their two buildings. At the Promenade, our pool is only open Thu-Sat. They are not stating this in their website or giving residents any indication that it will open with posted hours anytime soon.”


photo by Eric P.

From the Mayor’s Office:

“Due to the current temperatures and forecast of extreme heat, Mayor Muriel Bowser has activated the District’s Heat Emergency Plan for Monday, July 12 through Wednesday, July 14, 2021. When the forecast of the temperature or heat index in the District is 95 degrees or higher, District Government, through the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA), implements the Heat Emergency Plan and activates cooling centers for residents to seek relief from the heat.

Cooling Centers: Read More


Ed. Note: Sounds like the standard ‘adult swim’ common at many private pools. Which makes sense. What I don’t understand is why this also applies to the kids pool (a separate shallow pool not attached used what seems exclusively by children and their adults of course.) Anyway, OP’s question:

“Dear PoPville,

I am hoping someone can explain the 15-minute break some DC outdoor pools require every hour. I always thought the reason was to give the lifeguards a break, so that they’d be sharply focused when they’re needed. But twice in the past couple of weeks at Francis pool, the lifeguards have required only kids to get out for 15 minutes, not adults. So, the lifeguards have to continue being vigilant during that time–and kids have to watch adults swimming and know that they can’t.

Anyone know what the reason is behind this policy? I tried to find it on the DC Parks & Rec website, but had no luck.”


From the Department of Parks and Recreation:

“When the weather heats up in DC, DPR is the place to be. That’s why we’re focused on getting #BackToSummer and helping residents make the most of this long-awaited season.

Next week marks the beginning of expanded access for outdoor pools and recreation centers.

Starting Monday, June 28:

Outdoor pools will be open for a maximum of 6 days per week.

Select outdoor pools will shift operations to remain open until 8pm on weekdays. Read More


5100 Southern Avenue, SE via DPR

From the Mayor’s Office:

“Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser joined residents to kick off the District’s outdoor pool season with the “Jump in, DC” celebratory event and cut the ribbon on the renovated and rechristened Woody Ward (formerly Benning Park) Recreation Center. The Mayor also announced Washington, DC regained its #1 spot as the top ranked park system in the country by The Trust for Public Land.

“DC is ready for summer and all the joy and DPR programming that it brings. We are especially excited that this summer we can reopen our pools and spray parks,” said Mayor Bowser. “We know that – because we invest in them and prioritize them – DC has fantastic outdoor spaces, playgrounds, and recreation centers. We’re happy to receive recognition for our park system, and even happier to deliver facilities like Woody Ward to our residents.”

DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) outdoor pools and spray parks will open Saturday, May 29, and remain open through Monday, May 31. Pools will operate on a weekend-only schedule (Saturday and Sunday) through Sunday, June 27. Starting Monday, June 28, all outdoor pools will operate on individual summer schedules, six days a week, from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. All DPR spray parks open Saturday, May 29 and operate daily thereafter, from 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. DPR’s aquatic inventory includes 18 outdoor pools, 11 indoor pools, 33 spray parks and three children’s pools. For more information on the summer outdoor pool schedule, visit:

The newly renovated, $11 million Woody Ward Recreation Center is a two-story building with an outdoor pool and 24,000 square-feet of exterior and interior improvements. Read More


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