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DC Parks and Recreation extends pool season due to excessive heat

DC Parks and Recreation extends pool season due to excessive heat
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The temperature inside the Clinton Coin Laundromat this week reached over 100 degrees. A customer said that it was good because he needed to lose weight and it felt like a great place to do it. Yes, it is going to be very hot this week. However the District of Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation has good news for District residents.

This week all District Spray Parks, along with Upshur, Francis and Oxon Run pools were scheduled to close this week, however due to this week’s expected record high temperatures, the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) announced today that these selected aquatic facilities will remain open through the week.

All Spray Parks will remain open until Friday, September 5; operating daily from 10 am to 7 pm.

Upshur pool (4300 Arkansas Avenue, NW) will remain open until Friday, September 5; operating daily from 3 pm to 8 pm.

Francis pool (25th & N Street, NW) will remain open until Friday, September 5; operating daily from 3 pm to 8 pm. (Francis will be open on Tuesday.)

Oxon Run pool (501 Mississippi Avenue, SE) will remain open through Friday, operating daily from 3 pm to 8 pm; as well as Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon to 6 pm. Oxon Run will close for the season at 6 pm on Sunday, September 7.

East Potomac pool (972 Ohio Drive, SW) will continue to operate on their normal schedule.

Doggie Day Swim, will take place as scheduled on Saturday, September 6 from 12 noon to 4 pm at Randall, Francis and Upshur pools.

According to the National Weather Service, the District of Columbia is expected to experience extremely high temperatures and humidity this week. Residents are encouraged to stay inside if possible.

All indoor pools will continue to observe their regular schedules. Please note that yearly indoor pool maintenance is underway. The Therapeutic Recreation and Wilson Aquatic facilities are currently offline/closed. Examiner. com will keep its readers informed of changes in the pool scheduled.

DPR wants residents to know that the District's Recreation Centers, Public Libraries and Senior Wellness Centers are all great places to beat the heat and are open to the public. Many of these locations provide not only a cool place to rest, but also provide water and indoor activities.

Seniors with high blood pressure should use special caution and try to avoid being out in the heat.

DC Water and DC Fire and EMS officials want to remind the public that unauthorized fire-hydrant use is unlawful, dangerous and damaging. Go to a DPR pool instead of opening a fire-hydrant. It is much cooler and it is not breaking the law. Stay tuned and stay cool.

Readers please take note that the District of Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation has alerted Examiner.com that spray parks in the District will be open until Sunday September 7, 2014. Examiner.com will continue to provide updates as news becomes available.