Good news for those young swimmers!

Multiple outdoor pools will be reopening for the summer season, beginning May 29. This announcement came from the Baltimore City Park Department on Wednesday. It's a part of their second phase in reopening programs and events for citizens.

With most of Baltimore City's programs shut down due to COVID-19, they are hoping the reopening of pools will be beneficial.

Karen Jordan, the department's deputy director, had some uplifting words on the announcement, "We're excited just to get people back in our spaces, kids back out to green spaces, out from behind the computer screens. We're really excited about opening up, of course, according to all protocols."

So far, 11 outdoor pools will reopen on May 29; the annual Big Splash season kick-off at Roosevelt Park Pool is one of them. Interested candidates can pre-register for the event online, even though walk-in registration is also allowed. Those wishing to swim must register.

The reopened pool hours will allow 90-minute time slots for swimmers and an overall capacity of 50%. Pools will also have 30-minute cleaning periods. So far, pool hours will occur from 1 to 6:30 p.m., on Monday through Friday. Weekend hours will be 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. 

Park Pool Locations:

Clifton Park
2013 Sinclair Lane, 21213
410-396-9330

Patterson Park
148 S. Linwood Ave., 21224
443-577-2618

Riverside Park
1800 Covington Ave., 21230
410-396-8059

Roosevelt Park
3500 Poole St., 21211
410-396-6487

Neighborhood Pool Locations:

Ambrose Kennedy
1000 Ensor St., 21202
410-752-7566

C.C. Jackson 
4910 Park Heights Ave., 21215
443-677-1227

Liberty
3901 Maine Ave., 21207
443-677-2558

O’Donnell Heights
1200 Gusryan St., 21224
410-396-9355

Murdock/Oliver
1400 East Lanvale St. 21213
410-396-3841

William McAbee
1323 N. Gilmore St. 21217
410-396-0255

Farring Baybrook
4501 Farring Court

Indoor Pool Locations:

Cahill
4001 Clifton Ave. 21216

Middle Branch/Cherry Hill
2600 Giles Rd. 21225

Callowhill*
2821 Oakley Ave, Baltimore, MD 21215

*Open for programs only. No open swim sessions.

Fortunately, pools are not the only reopenings in Baltimore City. At least 10 recreation centers are opening their doors again. People who enjoy weight lifting or summer camps will love this news! Parks, including wedding reception venues, will begin relaxing their rules too!

Overall, restrictions in Baltimore City are loosening up. As more people become vaccinated, more reopenings, like their pools and recreation centers, will occur. Hopefully, this is all a sign that things will be returning to normal!

Are you excited about the pools reopening? Let us know in the comments!