Pools, cooling centers and spay parks are open all weekend to get relief from the extreme heat expected in D.C. this weekend. (Photo credit: Deborah Bailey)

By Deborah Bailey,
AFRO D.C. Editor

Swim season is in high gear throughout the DMV and pools in the District, Prince George’s, and Montgomery counties are open and ready for you to come on down to enjoy summer pool-side fun. 

The AFRO will be out at pools and recreation centers throughout the DMV this summer. We look forward to seeing YOU enjoying the best of summer.  Whether you like to swim, hike, camp, play pick-up ball, checkers or join an organized team or class, Recreation Centers across the DMV are your ticket for free and low-cost summer for you and your family.  

Washington D.C.

District Mayor Muriel Bowser kicked off the official outdoor pool season with a ribbon-cutting at the newly renovated “Woody Ward” (formerly Benning Park) Recreation Center. The brand spanking new pool at Woody Ward along with District indoor and outdoor pools are now operating six days a week from 10 to 8 p.m. Find a pool here: https://dpr.dc.gov/service/find-pool

D.C.’s Department of Public works includes 18 outdoor pools, 11 indoor pools, 33 spray parks, and 3 children’s pools. 

Admission is free for D.C. residents. Persons outside the District can purchase daily, 30-day, or 90-day swim passes at reasonable rates. Purchase a swim pass at the Deanwood, Takoma Park, Rumsey, or Wilson Aquatic Centers or here: https://dpr.dc.gov/node/539122

Prince George’s County, Md.

Prince George’s County operates 13 aquatic centers, bringing water recreation to all parts of Maryland’s most populous county of close to a million residents. All outdoor pools will feature two sessions, from 12 p.m. to 3:00 pm and from 3:30 to  6:30 p.m.  Pools are cleared 15 minutes before the end of each session. Indoor pools are available for general swimming from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Learn-to-swim classes for toddlers, children, and adults are offered in July and August. There is a fee for swim classes. Hurry if you are interested! Slots are filling fast and many are already waitlisted  

Find a pool here: https://www.pgparks.com/1023/Facilities

Search for swimming lessons here: https://pgparks.com/1036/Swimming-Lessons 

Montgomery County, Md.

Montgomery County residents, get in on this poolside fun! Montgomery County has four major indoor swim facilities and indoor and outdoor pools in Silver Spring, Bethesda, Olney, and Germantown. Seven large outdoor pools are located throughout the county. Outdoor pools will host two daily swims until August 14: from 1- 4 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. on weekdays and from noon to 3 pm and from 4 to 7 p.m. on weekends. From August 15-28, the outdoor pools will remain open for swimming from noon to 3 pm and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

Montgomery County also hosts a range of aquatics classes, and several of the pools feature water slides. Starting in fall 2022, select county facilities will be available for pool party rentals (y-a-a-s)!  

Walk-up swim admission for County residents costs from $5 dollars for children 17 and under to $7 for adults. Non-resident guests pay $15. 

Want to find a pool in Montgomery County? Check here: https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec/activitiesandprograms/aquatics/

Check here to get ready for your fall pool party rental: 


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