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County summer pool season opens Memorial Day weekend

On May 26, 2016

The Departments of Recreation and General Services (DGS) will host a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Western County Outdoor Pool Saturday at 10 a.m. The pool is located at 20151 Fisher Avenue in Poolesville. Everyone who attends the ribbon cutting ceremony will be invited to swim for free.

Renovations to the pool began in September 2015 and included the construction of a new 3,160- square foot “spray” ground and renovations of the bathhouse, snack bar and filter room. In addition, upgrades to the site and buildings, including the parking and pool grounds, improved accessibility.

Accessible upgrades at the site include drinking fountains, pool deck showers, restrooms and shower facilities, and an accessible route to a shade structure. Other system upgrades include new light fixtures and in-pool lighting, a new dive board and a new leisure pool slide. Renovation costs were approximately $3.85 million.

At noon that same day Montgomery County Recreation will open all seven outdoor pools for the season. The outdoor pools will be open weekends and holidays until June 20, when they switch to a daily schedule.

The outdoor pools are:

  • Bethesda Pool, (301) 652-1598, Little Falls Parkway and Hillandale Road;
  • Germantown Outdoor Pool, (301) 601-1690, 18905 Kingsview Road;
  • Long Branch Pool, (301) 431-5700, 8700 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring;
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Outdoor Pool, (301) 622-1090, 1201 Jackson Road, Silver Spring;
  • Wheaton/Glenmont Pool, (301) 929-5460, 12621 Dalewood Drive, Wheaton;
  • Upper County Outdoor Pool, (301) 840-2446, 8211 Emory Grove Road, Gaithersburg;
  • Western County Outdoor Pool, (301) 349-2217, 20151 Fisher Avenue, Poolesville.

As the summer swim season gets underway, residents are encouraged to become familiar with the safety rules posted at the pools. Children are at high risk for water-related accidents and it is important that they are closely supervised at all times while in and around the pool. Because safety is the priority for Recreation Department programs, it may be necessary to temporarily halt admission to pools when capacity is reached. Additional swimmers will be admitted as soon as space becomes available.

For information about pool amenities or hours of operation at all swimming pools, visit Montgomery County Recreation Outdoor Pools.

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