by Andrew Ramonas September 8, 2016 at 4:30 pm 0

Doggie Day Swim (Photo via Facebook/D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation)

A public pool in West End is set to go to the dogs this weekend.

Pooches can plunge into Francis Pool at 2435 N St. NW Saturday as part of the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation’s eighth annual Doggie Day Swim, according to the agency. The festivities are scheduled to run from noon to 4 p.m.

Canines can splash and play for free in the pool, which closed to human swimmers Labor Day. But the pets must have dog licenses before they swim.

The pool area can accommodate up to 150 dogs at one time.

Photo via Facebook/D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation

by Andrew Ramonas August 16, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

Francis Pool (Photo via Google Maps)D.C. residents are set to have the chance to swim and dance under the stars for free at a West End public pool this weekend.

Francis Pool at 2535 N St. NW is scheduled to open from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday as part of the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation’s annual Summer Late Night Pool Party Series, according to an online event posting. The pool usually closes at 6 p.m. on Saturdays.

The party will include a DJ playing music for all ages.

A photo ID is required for entry.

Photo via Google Maps

by Courtney Brown July 14, 2016 at 4:30 pm 0

Banneker Pool (Photo via Instagram/D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation)

The D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation is planning to give locals some extra time to cool off at public pools in West End and on Georgia Avenue this week.

With a heat emergency in effect, DPR is keeping the Francis Pool (2435 N St. NW) open until 9 p.m. today and tomorrow, an hour later than usual. The Banneker Pool (2500 Georgia Ave. NW), which is closed on Thursdays, also won’t shut down as scheduled at 8 p.m. Friday, staying open until 9 p.m. instead.

The pools are free for D.C. residents.

To help prevent heat-related emergencies, the D.C. government recommends visiting cooling centers and spray parks, in addition to pools.

Photo via Instagram/D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation

by Andrew Ramonas June 24, 2016 at 12:00 pm 1 Comment

Banneker Pool (Photo via Flickr/awiseman)

The District’s “#SplishSplashSummer” is on its way to public pools in West End and near Howard University with free after-hours swimming and music from DJs.

Tomorrow, Banneker Pool at 2500 Georgia Ave. NW is slated to open from 7 to 11 p.m. as part of the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation’s annual Summer Late Night Pool Party Series, according to an online event posting. The pool normally closes at 6 p.m. on Saturdays.

Locals of all ages are encouraged to RSVP online for the Banneker Pool party.

On Saturday, Aug. 20, West End’s Francis Pool at 2535 N St. NW also is scheduled to stay open late and host a DJ. But DPR hasn’t released a website to RSVP for that party yet.

Photo via Flickr/awiseman

by Borderstan.com July 1, 2012 at 11:15 pm 1,023 1 Comment

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The summer heat wave has resulted in more than sweat and increased Pepco bills — the city is extending the operating hours of all DC public swimming pools, including the Marie H. Reed indoor pool in Adams Morgan, beginning Monday, July 9. The Francis Pool at 25th and N Streets NW is also getting extended hours and will stay open until 9:30 pm.

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For summer operations only, the Reed Pool will expand its morning lap swim to the following: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6 until 10 am. This morning lap schedule will be in effect up to August 23rd, after which date the schedule will revert back to its previous morning lap swim schedule. The pool will also be adding an hour in the evening on Mondays through Fridays. Lap swimming hours will run until 8 pm, instead of 7 pm.

The Department of Parks and Recreation website has more informaton.

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by Borderstan.com August 26, 2008 at 7:02 pm 0

Good Lord. The possibility of someone plopping their baby or toddler into a pool — let alone a public pool — in a diaper just never occurred to me. Wouldn’t common sense prevent the average parent from doing such a thing? Apparently not. This is from a City Desk post at Washington City Paper about Francis Park Pool (a place I used to frequent in my younger days).

Pooping in the Francis Pool

Warning: Grossness ahead!

A few years back, the District renovated the Francis pool, at 25th and N Streets NW, to include a wade-in kiddie area. The change ushered in a major demographic shift at a pool that was once the province of mostly gay guys in thongs. Today, the pool is a regular hangout for the Bugaboo stroller set. The change has also turned the pool into a major public health hazard, as those gaggles of babies in swim diapers are a major source of effluence at the popular public pool. Read full post.

I am rather… speechless.

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