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City's Pools Are Open Longer -- Really

poolclosed.jpgHours have been extended at 13 pools in the District, and don't let anyone tell you different. The Department of Parks and Recreation are keeping some pools open as late as 9 p.m. this week because of the extreme heat.

The extension hasn't been implemented perfectly, though.

Contacted by the D.C. Wire, parks and recreation spokesman John Stokes said in an e-mail that incidents in which a group of swimmers encountered problems at two pools would not happen again, and acting director Ximena Hartsock would be on top of it.

The District resident who encountered the problem had headed to East Potomac Park pool with friends on Monday evening, only to be turned away by a padlocked gate and a swim team enjoying the coolness of the chlorinated water at 7:15 p.m. The pool was supposed to be open to the public until 9 p.m.

She and her crew then headed to Anacostia pool where lifeguards initially told them that the pool was closing. But after they noted the announcement about extended hours, the managing lifeguard allowed them to swim.

"...the Anacostia guy was great and let us stay for a nice long swim," she said in an e-mail.

Stokes reiterated in his e-mail that there was no excuse for the errors, which he wrote were immediately addressed by Hartsock.

"Although a competitive swim team had permitted use of the East Potomac Pool last night, two lanes should have been reserved for noncompetitive swimmers," Stokes wrote.

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  August 12, 2009; 12:37 PM ET
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I took my kids to the pool yesterday and had a great time staying late! Glad to have the extra hour - the kids had little to do in the heat, but this was the perfect way to finish the day. Hoping to head to Wilson this weekend, a friend said the new facility is wonderful! Thank you for providing these new services!

Posted by: kerr4566 | August 12, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

DPR got it right - extended hours for a heat advisory was a great call. I went after work and enjoyed several hours of swimming to cool down from this DC summer. There were many families out enjoying the pool til late. Thanks to whoever made the decision to keep pools open.

Posted by: Nicholas12307 | August 12, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

I stand behind any effort that forces people, from young to old, to get out and get exercise. Anything but Playstation. Maybe this will help loose some lbs. in the midst of all the fun. I say that with love.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | August 12, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

I left Banneker after 8:00 p.m. yesterday and today. It was beautiful!

Posted by: malia456 | August 12, 2009 11:44 PM | Report abuse

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