District kicks off summer pool season

Mayor Muriel Bowser and other D.C. officials kicked off the city's pool season with a May 26 event at Banneker Pool in Columbia Heights. (photo courtesy of D.C. government)

It’s officially pool season in D.C., after the opening of 18 outdoor pools and other city aquatic facilities last weekend.

The pools are free for District residents, and the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation offers learn-to-swim classes “for a nominal fee and for people of all ages,” according to a news release. The agency is also hosting three evening pool parties this summer, including one on July 15 at Banneker Pool in Columbia Heights from 7:30 to 10 p.m.

Mayor Muriel Bowser and other D.C. officials visited Banneker on May 26 to celebrate the start of the summer season. The 2500 Georgia Ave. NW facility is adding a new concession stand this year, according to the release.
The Parks Department’s full aquatic inventory also includes 23 spray parks, two children’s pools and 11 indoor pools.

The agency lists its pool locations, schedules, and additional summer offerings at summer.dc.gov.