What extended D.C. public pool hours actually mean

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The D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation fairly often elects to extend the hours of its outdoor public pools when temperatures rise far above normal, as has been the case this week. The city's outdoor pools are generally open from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., but both Tuesday and today, DPR opened ten of its outdoor pools at 11 a.m., and pledged to keep them open later, "depending on the availability of lighting." But does that mean you now have oodles of time to take a dip after work?

Kinda. Among the ten outdoor pools that switched to extended hours today, some will stay open as late as 9 p.m. tonight, while others will probably close closer to 8:30, if not earlier, according to DPR spokesperson John Stokes.

The difference lies in whether the pool in question has sufficient outdoor lighting or not. Tonight's sunset will take place at 8:07 p.m., and the city won't keep a pool open if it's too dark for lifeguards to be able to see all the way down to the bottom of it.

Here's the rundown of the actual extended outdoor pool hours, courtesy DPR:

  • Anacostia 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Banneker 11 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Benning Park 11 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Douglass 11 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Fort Dupont 11 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Fort Stanton 11 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Harry Thomas Sr. 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Oxon Run 11 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Theodore R. Hagans Jr. 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Volta Park (formerly Georgetown) 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.