(Ed note: This post was originally made on June 5, 2013 and was last updated June 6, 2017).
Washington DC outdoor public pools are open!
Here are 3+ things you should know ...
The pools are FREE for District residents, but you need proof of residency. If you don't have a driver's license, there are many other acceptable forms of identification/proof of residency. Check out the DC Public Parks and Recreation website for examples. Want to bring some out-of-District buddies? No problem. Kids and seniors are $4 per day and adults are $7. Note: the pools do not accept cash, only credit cards. You can purchase pool passes in advance online.
There are 18 outdoor pools listed on the DC Public Parks and Recreation website. All wards with the exception of 3 are represented. Visit the DC Public Parks and Recreation website for addresses.
3. Hours of Operation
Pools are currently open on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 P.M. to 6 P.M. After school gets out, pools are typically open six days a week (Editor's note: I called DCDPR and was told the pools will be open on weekdays starting June 19). Weekday hours are generally from 11 A.M. to 8 P.M. Each pool is closed one day a week for maintenance and the closure day varies from pool to pool. Some pools have extended hours for lap swimming. For example, Banneker pool on Georgia Ave has lap swim Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8 A.M. to 10 A.M. For detailed information regarding hours of operation for each individual pool, visit the DC Public Parks and Recreation website. You can find links to individual pool websites (for lap swim info) on the same page.
A few other notes ...
Some of the pools can get crowded and the staff will stop letting people in once the pool reaches capacity. Generally speaking, the earlier you arrive the better. To read more about the individual pools, check out the Yelp reviews by following these links .... East Potomac Pool (East Potomac Park, SW), Banneker Pool (Georgia Ave near Howard University, NW), Volta Park (Georgetown, NW), Francis Pool (West End, NW), Upshur Pool (Petworth, NW).
The DCDPR website also includes guidance on proper attire. Sorry, no thongs.
Editor's Pick: East Potomac Pool Closed this summer for renovations
East Potomac Pool is located off the beaten path in East Potomac Park, thus it tends to stay less crowded than the other popular pools. The pool also comes with the added benefits of a nearby miniature golf course, driving range, and grill. To learn more, read 7 Things To Do in East Potomac Park. You can also watch a
short video of East Potomac Pool (video no longer available) to check out the pool facilities.