Baltimore opens some pools ahead of schedule

BALTIMORE - With highs hitting the 90's this week, Baltimore City Recreation and Parks opened all neighborhood walk-to pools and the Clifton, Druid Hill, and Patterson Park pools Tuesday.

The schedule for these pools to open was originally slated for June 21.

"Everyone is already feeling the heat in Baltimore City," Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said. "I hope that by opening our neighborhood's pools a few days early, our young people and families will remain safe and stay cool."

Last season, the City said the number of pool visitors increased by more than 200,000 guests during the 101 days of summer.

"Now that school is out, we felt it was important to provide additional opportunites for the youth and their families to keep cool," Ernest Burkeen, BCRP Director said. "City pools are a great resource to keep active and healthy throughout the summer."

The city's park pools will operate noon to 7 p.m. and walk-to pools 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Admission fees for this swim season are $2 per two-hour session for park pools and $1 at walk-to pools.  Summer season passes are $30 for park pools and $15 for neighborhood pools.  Admission to splash pads are free.

The city will open the remaining park pools and splash pads full-time on Saturday, June 21.

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