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Aquatic Facilities

Swimming Pool

The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) has a number of aquatic facilities to allow DC residents year-round access to pools. For information on pool admission policies and fees, please visit our Pool Admission Information Page.

Outdoor Pools Season

  • DPR's 2016 summer pools season kicks off Memorial Day weekend.  Please see below for the 2016 schedule:
    • All outdoor pools will open Memorial Day weekend - May 28, 29 and 30 from 12 pm to 6 pm.
    • All pools will operate on a weekend schedule from May 30 through June 18 (Saturdays and Sundays only) from 12 pm to 6 pm.
    • Starting June 18, pools will operate on their individual weekday schedules.
    • Happy Hollow, Lincoln Capper and Watkins Childrens Pools will be closed for Capital Construction during the entire 2016 summer season.
    • All outdoor pools will open 2 hours earlier, at 11 am.
    • Spray parks will open on Saturday, May 28 and will operate daily, from 10 am to 7 pm, through Monday, September 5.

Aquatic Centers (Indoor Pools)

The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) operates indoor pools and aquatic facilities across the District throughout the year. Open swim and lap swim times are available at each site. DPR swimming pools are also open for swimming lessons and other events.

  • Full listing of DPR's Indoor Pools

    Barry Farm            HD Woodson           Turkey Thicket
    Deanwood            Marie Reed              William H Rumsey
    Dunbar                   Takoma                    Wilson
    Ferebee Hope      Therapeutic 

Outdoor Pools (Seasonal)

DPR's outdoor swimming pools operate on individualized summer hours during the summer season, starting Memorial Day Weekend and closing Labor Day weekend.  Pools will close one weekday each week for scheduled service and maintenance.

Children's Pools (Seasonal)

DPR's outdoor children's pools open for the summer season every year. Children's pools are small developmental pools which range in depths from one to three feet, and are designed for children up to 12 years old.

Spray Parks (Seasonal)

DPR's Spray Parks offer an exciting and alternative way to cool off and have fun. Spray Parks open every summer and follow a similar schedule to outdoor pools.