From DPR:

“The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) has released the outdoor aquatic facilities’ closures schedule for the 2023 summer season. Outdoor pools will close in waves beginning on Sunday, August 6, 2023 and ending on Monday, September 4, 2023. Pools will close for the season at 6 p.m. on their respective day.

All spray parks will close for the season at 8 p.m. on Monday, September 4, 2023.

Below is the comprehensive closure schedule for outdoor pools listed by closure dates. Read More


Update from CM Parker:

The 45/15 minute swimming rule is a new citywide policy following the near-drowning incident last week in Ft Lincoln. I’m told the policy is being implemented out of caution to make sure swimmers are safe.”

“Dear PoPville,

It looks like DPR has instituted a new policy at both indoor and outdoor pools to call a roughly (sometimes longer) “safety break” where all patrons have to exit the pool – even lap swimmers. Read More


4551 Fort Drive, NW

That was fast. Thanks to P. for passing on from DPR: “Wilson Aquatic Center is closed today, 6/24 due to emergency maintenance”

Update from DPR: “ALERT: Wilson pool is now closed for the day (6/26). The humidity threshold has been met. Hearst pool remains open until 8pm.”

Pool was still closed yesterday the 6/25 when I took these photos: Read More


photo by wizzyliz

Update from ANCJosh (Josh Jacobson):

“Diving board: hoping to replace with a 0.5m board pending DC Health follow up. Diving board standards changed, and pool is not deep enough to support a 1m board. The depth further from board might not be enough for a 0.5m board. Hoping to have more info on approval in 2 weeks.

best case is that a shorter board comes back before end of summer. The pool might not be deep enough to meet health code though.”

“Dear PoPville,

Do you now what happened to the diving board at Banneker pool? Is it coming back?”

I asked DPR 11 days ago (June 5) and was told, “I’ll see what info I can get for you on this.” Unfortunately no further updates despite continued requests. Will update when/if they follow up.


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