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DC Dogs Have Day in the Pool

Friday, September 6, 2019

Bowser Administration Hosts 11th Annual Doggie Day Swim at Three Locations


DPR Customer Service: (202) 673-7647

DPR Media Contact:   Michael Tucker Jr., (202) 717-4242, [email protected]


(Washington, DC) – Mayor Bowser’s administration led by the DC Department of Parks and Recreation will host the 2019 Doggie Day Swim on Saturday, September 7, 2019 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Upshur Main & Kiddie Pool (4300 Arkansas Ave., NW); Francis Pool (25th & N St., NW); and Randall Pool (South Capitol and I Sts., SW).

Now the outdoor pool season is officially over, District dogs can enjoy DPR pools for a one day of swimming and aquatics games.

Admission is free, however all dogs must have a valid and original DC Department of Health (DOH) issued dog license (no photocopies) and tag to enter the pool. If an application for a license is needed you must have the required documentation (i.e. proof of current rabies and distemper vaccinations; and proof of spaying/neutering). Dog licenses will be issued on site. Only money orders or personal checks are accepted (no credit cards or cash), made payable to "DC Treasurer." The cost of the license is $15. For more information on how to obtain a dog license, please visit the DOH Dog License web page.

To register for Doggie Day Swim and for more information, visit DPR.Events #DoggieDaySwim.

During Doggie Day Swim, there will be a capacity limit on the number of dogs allowed in the pool at one time; 75 dogs at Upshur Pool, 75 dogs at Randall pool and 150 dogs at Francis Pool.

To ensure a safe and fun event, dog owners are asked to follow these rules:

• All dogs MUST have and wear a valid DC dog license.

• Dog handlers must be 16 years of age or older.

• Dog handlers cannot swim or enter the pool with their dogs.

• Dogs must be sociable and remain leashed while on the pool deck.

• All dogs must be current on vaccinations including rabies and distemper.

• All dogs must be spayed/neutered.


To volunteer for Doggie Day Swim, please contact [email protected]

Please note that Doggie Day Swim will take place rain or shine.



About DPR
The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) provides quality urban recreation and leisure services for residents and visitors to the District of Columbia. DPR supervises and maintains area parks, community facilities, swimming pools and spray parks, and neighborhood recreation centers. The agency also coordinates a wide variety of recreation and educational programs including sports leagues, youth development, therapeutic recreation, aquatic programming, outdoor adventure, camping, and senior citizen activities. Adaptive programs and facilities are available for persons with disabilities.