City's Pools Are Open Longer -- Really
Hours 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.
Christopher Dean Hopkins
August 12, 2009; 12:37 PM ET
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