(WASHINGTON, D.C.) Today Mayor Vincent C. Gray was joined by city officials, residents and youth at the Barry Farm Recreation Center Pool to begin the summer season in the District of Columbia with the announcement of a new, expanded D.C. Summer Fun initiative.
This comprehensive summer program will provide, children, youth, adults and seniors with safe, healthy, productive and fun activities. The D.C. Summer Fun program started with the opening of all the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation’s (DPR) outdoor pools, children’s pools and spray parks.
“Unlike previous summer seasons, this year we will launch a comprehensive safe-community initiative that involves an integrated approach to the summer, with more than 20 District agencies and numerous community-based and faith-based organizations coming together to offer expanded programming,” said Mayor Gray. “Today is just a taste of what this summer season in D.C. has to offer. The message is clear: I want D.C. residents to have an opportunity to read, play, learn, work, volunteer, be healthy, be creative, have fun and, most of all, be safe this summer.”
At the event, the D.C. Department of Health (DOH) also launched its latest campaign, Keep it Moving DC!, to encourage residents to take advantage of the many resources the District’s parks and recreation facilities offer for engaging in fun physical activities, including swimming. Keep it Moving DC! is part of the broader Live Well DC! campaign to create a culture of safety and health. As part of the program, Mayor Gray was joined by 11 D.C. residents as Live Well DC! Community Coaches. The residents, representing all wards, various ages, and different levels of fitness, are serving as leaders and motivators for the rest of the city as they share their journeys to keep moving.
Keep it Moving DC! is part of DOH’s work to address the high rates of overweight and obesity among District residents -- often caused by poor diet and physical inactivity. More than 22 percent of District residents are obese and over 30 percent of preventable deaths in the District are due to poor diet and physical inactivity -- making it second only to tobacco use as a preventable cause of death.
“When we as individuals are healthy, our communities are healthy -- and that gives us the ability to thrive,” said DOH Director Dr. Mohammad Akhter. “Keep it Moving DC! encourages all of us, as individuals and as a community, to take the steps we need to start living the healthier lives we are all capable of having and deserve to have.”
Most DPR Pools Not Affected By Drain-Cover Recall And Are Opening On Time
DPR is opening all 17 outdoor pools, 5 children’s pools and 9 spray parks starting Saturday, May 28. The District’s outdoor aquatic facilities will be open this weekend and on May 30, Memorial Day, from 12:00 noon until 6:00 p.m.
Outdoor pools will be open on weekends only until school lets out for the summer, and then all outdoor pools will be open six days a week (closed one day per week for cleaning and maintenance).
A large, nationwide recall of pool drain covers announced yesterday by the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) will delay the opening of a handful of outdoor pool facilities. After investigating all of its facilities, DPR determined that seven of the District’s “kiddie” or wading pools may be affected. Of the seven pools, four are confirmed as subject to the recall and will not open until the drains are replaced. The four affected "kiddie" pools are at Harry Thomas, Upshur, Theodore Hagans, and Rumsey.
The remaining pools in this category (Benning Park, Banneker, and Kelly Miller) may be exempt from the recall because they may not be classified as "kiddie" pools under the CPSC guidelines. DPR officials are conducting further evaluations of these pools before opening them.
For more information about the recall, please visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11230.html
Two sites, Rosedale Recreation Center and Fort Stanton Recreation Center, are under construction.
DPR Director Jesus Aguirre said, “I am proud that for the second year in a row, DPR will open all outdoor pool facilities starting Memorial Day Weekend. I want to emphasize that while enjoying aquatic facilities is fun, I ask that youth, parents and guardians obey all pool rules so that everyone can have a safe, enjoyable summer.”
For more information regarding DPR Aquatic Facilities, please visit dpr.dc.gov. You may also call the DPR Aquatic office at (202)671-1289 during business hours.
A complete listing of DPR outdoor pool sites is below:
2500 Georgia Avenue NW
East Potomac Pool Francis Pool
972 Ohio Drive SW 2435 N Street NW
Jelleff Pool Volta Park Pool
3265 S Street NW 1555 34th Street NW
4300 Arkansas Avenue NW
Harry Thomas Pool Langdon Park Pool Theodore Hagans Pool
1743 Lincoln Road NE 2860 Mills Avenue NW 3201 Fort Lincoln Drive NE
25 I Street SW
Benning Park Pool Fort Dupont Pool Kelly Miller Pool
5100 Southern Avenue SE 830 Ridge Road SE 4900 Brooks Street NE
Anacostia Pool Barry Farm Pool
1800 Anacostia Drive SE 1230 Sumner Road SE
Douglass Pool Oxon Run Pool
1921 Fredrick Douglass Court SE 501 Mississippi Avenue SE
STAND-ALONE CHILDREN’S POOLS
Happy Hollow Children's Pool Parkview Children's Pool
2200 Champlain Street NW 693 Otis Place NW
Lincoln Capper Children's Pool Watkins Children's Pool
500 L Street SE 420 12th Street SE
Barry Farm Children's Pool
1230 Sumner Road SE
14th and Girard Street Spray Park 14th and Park Road Spray Park Columbia Heights Spray Park
14th and Girard Streets NW 14th Street and Park Road NW 1480 Girard Street NW
Friendship Spray Park Palisades Spray Park
4500 Van Ness Street NW 5200 Sherrier Place NW
Lafayette Spray Park Petworth Spray Park Riggs LaSalle Spray Park
5900 33rd Street NW 801 Taylor Street NW 501 Riggs Road NE
Benning Stoddert Spray Park
100 Stoddert Place SE