Three D.C. pools close after A/C unit problems

July 19, 2013

Three indoor pools are temporarily closed in the District because of problems with air conditioning units, according to the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation.

The Deanwood Aquatic Facility, at 1350 49th St. NE, closed Thursday night, according to department spokesman John Stokes. The Wilson Aquatic Facility, at 4551 Fort Dr. NW, closed Friday afternoon, and the Takoma Aquatic Facility, at 300 Van Buren St. NW, closed Friday evening.

A fourth indoor pool, the Ferebee-Hope Aquatic Center at 3999 8th St. SE, closed Thursday after the pool drained due to a leak in its shell.

The closures come when the department has extended pool hours through Saturday due to the recent heat wave. There is no timeline for when any of the pools will re-open, Stokes said, but the Department of Parks and Recreation is working with the Department of General Services to fix the problems.

The Kennedy Recreation Center, at 1401 7th St. NW, is also closed due to air conditioning problems.

With temperatures this high, Stokes said the HVAC systems can overload. This is an abnormal number of incidents to happen at once, he added.

The malfunctions are causing high temperatures throughout the facilities.

The city’s other pools and splash parks are currently open.

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