Photo by M.V. Jantzen.
DC public pools, including Georgetown’s Volta and Jellef pools, will open for the season tomorrow. Even better news: they’ll now start opening an hour earlier on the weekends.
Before this year, the pools would be open from 12 pm to 6 pm on the weekends. Now they’re going to be open at 11 am. The weekday hours will remain the same: 11 am to 8 pm).
These early hours will pose a bit of a conundrum, at least at Volta. Through much of the summer, there is already a line formed to enter the pool by 11:45. And by 12:30ish they’re already telling people they have to wait until someone leaves to enter. What’s particularly frustrating about this is that at these times the pool itself is not particularly full, but the pool deck is full of people (ahem mostly of the millennial type) just sunning themselves while the look at their phones. This, of course, is something they could do, say, twenty feet away in the park, and not keep others from using the pool. Will the earlier hours just move this traffic jam up an hour, or will some sanity prevail?
(This doesn’t seem to happen as much at Jelleff, but Jelleff definitely gets full later in the afternoon on weekends).
Anyway, come on out and take a dip!