The City of Alexandria’s outdoor pools and the Potomac Yard Park’s interactive fountain are scheduled to go live this weekend, running through this fall.
The water activities are scheduled to open on Saturday, May 28. The pools will remain open through Friday, Sept. 9, while the fountain will shut down on Oct. 15.
The Potomac Yard interactive fountain is located between the playgrounds at 2501 Potomac Avenue. It features 36 water jets with programmed sequences and lighting for nighttime effects. Shoes must be worn while using the fountain.
The fountain is open from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. daily until September 5, then from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. until Oct. 15.
The city has three outdoor pools which will have both scheduled programming and recreational open swimming for the next few months.
According to the city’s release, those are:
Old Town Pool (1609 Cameron Street): This complex includes a large pool with eight 25-yard lap lanes and a diving well, and a separate 1-3 foot depth training pool with a ramp available for small children. A picnic area and a playground are adjacent to the pool. A free parking lot is on-site, and a DASH bus stop is one block away.
Memorial Pool at Charles Houston Recreation Center (901 Wythe Street): This small pool with a beach entry and spray features is ideal for families with young children and adults seeking therapeutic benefits. A free parking lot is on-site, and a DASH bus stop is one block away.
Warwick Pool (3301 Landover Street): This complex includes a six lane 25-yard lap pool with an accessible ramp entry. The water depth ranges from 0 to 5 feet. The Landover Street playground is adjacent to the pool. Limited free street parking is available, and a DASH bus stop is two blocks away.
Summer water aerobics, learn-to-swim classes and swim teams are all now open to register online. The city is also looking for more lifeguards, pool operators, water safety instructors and swim team coaches.
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