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At Long Last City Pools To Open

Mary Rose Madden

In the midst of Baltimore's sweltering summer heat, the city’s Department of Recreation and Parks offers some relief.

Five city pools open on July 13: Cherry Hill Splash, Clifton Park, Patterson Park, Riverside, and Roosevelt Park. Five more will open July 20. But, Reggie Moore, the director of the city's Recreation and Parks said, there will be some restrictions.

“Starting July 6th, you can start registering for a time slot to swim in our pools,” Moore said. The time slots will be in “hour and half hour increments.”

Residents can register by phone or on the department’s website, but you must be registered to be allowed into the pool.

Moore also announced that playgrounds, basketball courts, and fitness equipment will reopen on July 13th. But there’s a catch to this, too.

“Baltimore City Parks and Rec will not be sanitizing this equipment daily,” he said.

Moore strongly suggested people bring their own sanitizer to wipe down the equipment before using it. 

Mary Rose is a reporter and senior news producer for 88.1 WYPR FM, a National Public Radio member station in Baltimore. At the local news desk, she assigns stories, organizes special coverage, edits news stories, develops series and reports.