By George Kevin Jordan, Special to the AFRO

It’s time to dust off your goggles, pull out that snorkel and gather those fins, as D.C. gets ready for pool season. This past week, Mayor Muriel Bowser and the District rolled out the official pool season during a press event at Langdon Pool and Spray Park, 2680 Miles Avenue, N.E.

In 2018, Langdon went through a $3 million renovation which made it the only place in D.C. with a combination of pool and spray park. Other features of Langdon include: a new pool and all new equipment, six lap lanes, ADA ramp and handrail into the pool, drinking fountain for people and their pets, and a splash pad area, with multiple spray features, according to the mayor’s office.

Public pools are now open in the District on weekends and will be open on weekdays beginning June 17.
(Courtesy Photo: dpr.dc.gov)

“In D.C., we view our parks and pools and playgrounds and senior wellness centers not as a luxury, but as must haves – in every neighborhood, in every corner of the District,” said Mayor Bowser.

Washington, D.C. celebrated being ranked  the #1 park system in the country by The Trust for Public Land. The Trust’s survey found that 98 percent of District residents live within a 10 minute walk of a park.

“The investments we’ve made have helped us achieve the #1 ranked park system in the nation, including a world-class system of indoor and outdoor pools for D.C, families to enjoy throughout the summer,” Bowser said.

“We achieve this honor by investing more than $200 million to ensure that all residents have this great access. Coming into office we made another pledge that all of our fitness and recreational centers would be absolutely free for D.C. residents.”

“So we recognize how important it is, especially in a growing city to have better access to places where they can have fun for free.”

The mayor spoke of adding 1,000 new slots to eight sites around the city for kids, as well as other investments in the district’s summer camp programs.

“When we’re talking about giving people a fair shot we want to make sure we have free things, as as we can, including this pool,” Bowser said.  “…we have affordable and activities for families. When we do that we know that everybody has equal access to opportunity around our city.”

The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) is expanding swim hours for 10 pool locations including: Anacostia, Francis, Langdon, Kenilworth, Oxon Run, Lincoln Capper, Happy Hollow, Harry Thomas, Upshur, and Banneker. those locations will open at 10 a.m. instead of 11 a.m.

Pools will be open on a weekend-only schedule (Saturday and Sunday) through June 16. Starting Monday, June 17, all outdoor pools will operate on individual summer schedule. Spray Parks open Saturday, May 25 and operate daily, from 10 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., according to the mayor’s office.

The DPR aquatic inventory includes 19 outdoor pools, 11 indoor pools, 23 spray parks and three children’s pools.

For more information on the summer outdoor pool schedule, visit: dpr.dc.gov/page/outdoor-pools.