The city's outdoor pools opened this weekend, and being a big pool fan, I hit Banneker Pool at Georgia and Euclid.
The first thing I noticed was that there's shade! The city added two blue awnings over parts of the south end, which is great -- in previous years there was no shade at all, and you're not supposed to bring in umbrellas. The pool was crowded, so spots under the awning were at a premium, but hey, it's a start.
In addition, they're checking IDs a lot more strictly than before. In previous years, they'd take any kind of mail with a DC address, but now they said they'd only do that the first weekend, and that you'd need to either get a DC license or go the 441 4th Street NW (One Judiciary Square) and get a city-issued ID card, which costs about $5. The guy at the door said he'd take a utility bill (not cell phone) at first, but beware if you aren't a DC resident. Personally, I think this is a good thing, as the place can get crowded.
But as usual, the pool was a blast. They played a boombox, the large lifeguard did some funny dives and got applause from the crowd, and I didn't get too sunburned. A solid weekend.
There was also a Caddyshack moment, however, as at one point the pool was evacuated because somebody threw up in it, but you take the good with the bad.
Pools are currently open Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 pm, and starting June 18 they'll be open on weekdays too.