Rosedale Pool (Photo via Flickr/DPR)Local pools and spray parks will officially open for the summer season tomorrow morning.

Cool-down spots that include the Randall Pool at 25 I St. SW and the Rosedale Pool at 1701 Gales St. NE will open along with the children’s pools at 500 L St. SE (Lincoln Capper) and 420 12th St. SE (Watkins Elementary School) at noon tomorrow morning, the city announced Wednesday.

The spray park at the King Greenleaf Recreation Center at 201 N St. SW will also open tomorrow but at 10 a.m.

Admission to city pools and spray parks is free for D.C. residents.

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National Symphony Orchestra (Photo via As more than 850,000 locals leave the D.C.-area this Labor Day weekend, residents who stay behind can look forward to a free concert at the U.S. Capitol and their last chance to go swimming before all the Capitol Hill-area public pools close for the season.

The National Symphony Orchestra will play its annual free Labor Day concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Sunday at 8 p.m. The concert will feature classic patriotic tunes, some Aaron Copland classics and several other well-known songs.

On the eastern side of the Hill, the Rosedale Pool at 1701 Gales St. NE, the last pool open in the Capitol Hill area, will be open all weekend and close for the season at 6 p.m. Monday.

Here is some other information for the holiday weekend:

  • City Services: D.C. and federal government offices will be closed Monday. Trash and recycling collection will be pushed back one day for the whole week. There will be no street sweeping on Monday, but the schedule for the rest of the week will not change. Parking meters and restrictions only will be enforced in the neighborhoods surrounding Nationals Park and along the H Street NE streetcar route.
  • Roads: All roads will be open throughout the weekend, as construction-related projects are ordered to take place off of streets until Tuesday.
  • Riding Metro: On Monday, Metro trains and buses will operate on Sunday schedules, with scheduled work on the Red, Orange, Silver and Blue lines.

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Rosedale Pool (Photo via Flickr/DPR)Adults and children on Capitol Hill only have a few weeks left to swim in their local public pools before the District closes them for the season.

The closures in the Capitol Hill area will begin on Aug. 23 with the Lincoln Capper Children’s Pool at 555 L St. SE and the Watkins Children’s Pool at 420 12th St. SE, the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation announced today.

On Aug. 30, the Randall Pool at 25 I St. SW will close. Then, on Sept. 7, the last pool open in the Capitol Hill area, the Rosedale Pool at 1701 Gales St. NE, will cease operations for the season.

The pools will be open until 6 p.m. on their last days.

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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.


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