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Mayor Bowser and the Department of Parks and Recreation Announce Select Outdoor Pools and Recreation Centers Will Open on Juneteenth to Help Washingtonians Beat the Heat

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

(Washington, DC) – Today, as the District remains in an Extended Heat Emergency, Mayor Muriel Bowser and the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) announced that select outdoor pools and recreation centers will open on the Juneteenth holiday, on Wednesday, June 19, to help people beat the heat. Additionally, spray parks across the city remain open daily from 10 am – 6 pm. Find more information about spray park locations and hours at

While outdoor pools are on a weekend-only schedule until Monday, June 24, the following outdoor pools will be open on Wednesday from 10 am - 6 pm. Then, pools will re-open on Saturday and remain open for the remainder of the outdoor pool season on their weekly six-day schedules. Find the regular outdoor pool schedule at

Outdoor Pools Open on Wednesday, June 19 from 10 am – 6 pm.

Outdoor Pool


Banneker Pool

2500 Georgia Avenue NW


Francis Pool

2435 N Street NW


Hearst Pool

3701 37th Street NW


Upshur Pool

4300 Arkansas Avenue NW


Langdon Pool

2860 Mills Avenue NE


Randall Pool

25 I Street SW


Rosedale Pool

1701 Gales Street NE


Ridge Road Pool

830 Ridge Road SE


Oxon Run Pool

501 Mississippi Avenue SE


Additionally, while recreation centers are usually closed on holidays, the following recreation centers will be open from 11 am – 7 pm on Wednesday, June 19 to help the community play, gather, and celebrate safely.

Recreation Centers Open on Wednesday, June 19 from 11 am– 7 pm.

Recreation Centers


Columbia Heights Community Center

1480 Girard Street NW


Stead Recreation Center

1625 P Street NW


Palisades Community Center

5200 Sherier Place NW


Riggs-LaSalle Recreation Center

501 Riggs Road NE


Raymond Recreation Center

3725 10th Street NW


North Michigan Park Recreation Center

333 Emerson Street NE


Trinidad Recreation Center

1310 Childress Street NE


Benning Stoddert Community Center

100 Stoddert Place SE


Deanwood Recreation Center

1350 49th Street NE


Bald Eagle Recreation Center

100 Joliet Street SW


Fort Stanton Recreation Center

1812 Erie Street SE



Extended Heat Emergency
During the Extended Heat Emergency, residents are urged to stay cool, check on seniors and other vulnerable neighbors, and to call the shelter hotline for unsheltered residents in need of free, accessible transportation to a cooling center. To request accessible transportation to a cooling center for yourself or someone else, call the shelter hotline at (202) 399-7093 or dial 311.
It is important for residents to recognize the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and stroke. Symptoms may include dry red skin, convulsions, throbbing headaches, disorientation, chills, delirium, and coma. Onset of heatstroke can be rapid; a person can go from feeling apparently well to a seriously ill condition within minutes. If you suspect that you or someone you know is experiencing a heat related illness, call 911.  
Extreme Heat Safety Precautions: 
Help protect yourself and others from extreme hot weather by: 

  • Staying indoors when possible: find places in the shade or with air conditioning to seek relief from the heat.  Visit for a list of cooling centers. 
  • Checking in on your neighbors: young children, older adults, and those with disabilities or other access and functional needs are the most vulnerable in our community.  
  • Drinking plenty of fluids: increase your fluid intake but avoid liquids that contain alcohol, caffeine, or large amounts of sugar.  
  • Keeping pets indoors: walk pets early in the morning, give pets plenty of water and do not leave pets in vehicles, which can reach dangerous temperatures within 10 minutes. For all animal emergencies, including animals left outside in extreme temperatures or in vehicles, please call the Humane Rescue Alliance at (202) 723-5730.  
  • Wearing appropriate clothing and sunscreen: pick lightweight, loose fitting, light-colored clothing, and wide brimmed hats. Using a SPF 15 or higher sunscreen is best. 


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