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D.C.’s outdoor public pools begin closing for the season this weekend

But some of the pools will stay open through Labor Day

A man backflips into Banneker Pool (2017)
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Update, August 6:

The city’s outdoor public pools will start closing for the season in batches August 11, the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation said Tuesday. But five of the pools—Banneker, Francis, Langdon Park, Oxon Run, and Rosedale—will remain operational until 6 p.m. on Labor Day.

“Pools will close for the season at 6 p.m. on their respective Sundays,” the department noted in a release. Here is the full schedule for the closure of outdoor swimming pools this summer.

Closing at 6 p.m. on Sunday, August 11, for the season:

Ward 1: Park View Children’s Pool (693 Otis Place NW)

Ward 1: Happy Hollow Children’s Pool (2200 Champlain Street NW)

Ward 6: Lincoln Capper Children’s Pool (555 L Street SE)

Ward 7: Benning Park Pool (5100 Southern Avenue SE)

Ward 7: Kelly Miller Pool (4900 Brooks Street NE)

Ward 8: Douglass Pool (1921 Frederick Douglass Court SE)

Closing at 6 p.m. on Sunday, August 18, for the season:

Ward 2: Jelleff Pool (3265 S Street NW)

Ward 5: Theodore Hagans Jr. Pool (3201 Fort Lincoln Drive NE)

Ward 6: Randall Pool (25 I Street SW)

Ward 8: Fort Stanton Pool (1800 Erie Street SE)

Closing at 6 p.m. on Sunday, August 25, for the season:

Ward 2: Volta Park Pool (1555 34th Street NW)

Ward 4: Upshur Pool (4300 Arkansas Avenue NW)

Ward 5: Harry Thomas Sr. Pool (1743 Lincoln Road NE)

Ward 7: Ridge Road (830 Ridge Road SE)

Ward 7: Kenilworth Pool (4321 Ord Street NE)

Ward 8: Anacostia Pool (1800 Anacostia Drive SE)

Closing at 6 p.m. on Monday, September 2, for the season:

Ward 1: Banneker Pool (2500 Georgia Avenue NW)

Ward 2: Francis Pool (2435 N Street NW)

Ward 5: Langdon Park Pool (2860 Mills Avenue NE)

Ward 6: Rosedale Pool (1701 Gales Street NE)

Ward 8: Oxon Run Pool (501 Mississippi Avenue SE)”

Original post, May 21:

Cooling off in landlocked D.C. during the summer is a perennial challenge. Many residents opt to get away, if they can, or duck into the District’s museums. Some just remain indoors.

Memorial Day weekend, however, always brings some relief in the form of the city’s outdoor public pools. There are about 20 such facilities throughout the District, in all four quadrants. Mayor Muriel Bowser will launch outdoor pool season Friday afternoon at the Langdon Park Recreation Center—situated in Northeast, at 2860 Mills Avenue NE—according to her office.

Generally, the pools open at 11 a.m. Scroll through the pool map below, courtesy of the District’s Department of Parks and Recreation, which manages public pools, for details.