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City Pools to Close for Black History Swim Meet

by Andrea Swalec February 9, 2015 at 6:15 pm 3 Comments

Swimming (Photo via Flickr/simplyswimuk)(Updated at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday) Heads up for a change in your swimming schedule.

Most public pools will be closed Friday through Monday for the 29th annual Black History Invitational Swim Meet. William H. Rumsey Aquatic Center (635 North Carolina Ave. SE) and most other city pools will operate on modified schedules, the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation announced.

Two city pools will remain open for public swim Friday through Sunday: Wilson Aquatic Center (4551 Fort Drive NW) and Barry Farm Aquatic Center (1230 Sumner Road SE). No classes will be held there.

The swim meet will be held Friday through Sunday at the Takoma Aquatic Center. A total of 762 young swimmers from across the country will compete.

“This year’s theme, ‘Mark Your Place in History,’ is an effective play on words, as it not only indicates the readiness our young athletes must have as they prepare for this meet, it also inspires them to make their own history through individual and team achievement,” DPW Interim Director Keith Anderson said in a statement.

For more information, see the city website dedicated to the event.

Correction: Two city pools will remain open Friday through Sunday, in Tenleytown and Anacostia. A previous version of this story reported that all pools would be closed.


    what date?

  • Brian Armstead

    Andrea, this information is not as listed in the DPR Press release for the event. Two pools will remain open for public use during the BHISM weekend. Wilson Aquatic Center and Barry Farm Aquatic Center will remain open on Friday, February 13; Saturday, February 14; and Sunday, February 15. All other DPR aquatic facilities will be closed on Saturday, February 14 and Sunday, February 15 as aquatics staff will assist at the meet. All facilities will be closed on Monday, February 16, 2015 in observance of the President’s Day holiday.

  • Hi, Brian. I’ll take another look. Thanks


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