Outdoor Pools Will Remain Closed In DC

WASHINGTON, DC (Wednesday, August 5, 2020) – There will be no dipping in outside public pools in the District of Columbia this Summer.  DC Mayor Muriel Bowser announced today that outdoor pools will not open this summer due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

“We understand residents look forward to escaping the summer heat at our pools. Out of an abundance of caution, and in consultation with the District’s public health experts, we have decided to prioritize the health and safety of residents,” said DPR Director Delano Hunter.

DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) operates 21 outdoor pools throughout the District, which have been closed since a public health emergency was issued on March 16, 2020 and will remain closed for the summer season.  The pools will undergo the winterization process which includes draining and covering.

All spray parks and all indoor aquatic centers will remain closed until further notice.

As the District continues its phased reopening, many DPR facilities, services, and programs have come back online with restrictions and social distancing guidelines in place.

All DPR parks, athletic fields and courts, playgrounds and other outdoor spaces are open to the public. Organized and high-contact sporting activities, such as football, wrestling, and boxing are prohibited.

DPR is accepting permit applications for outdoor amenities to accommodate groups of no more than 50 persons. To apply and pay for a permit today, click here.

To find out more about DPR’s offerings, visit DPR.DC.gov.