Photos: The last days of summer at Philly public pools

The final round of pools will close for the season today

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Kelly Pool in Fairmount Park will close on Aug. 24.

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Feel that not-really-humid air? It’s one sign summer is ending. The other major sign: Philly’s public swimming pools officially close today.

The city slowly closes pools over a two-week period, but Friday marks the last day of the season. If you want to take one final dip, get to one of these pools before the end of the day:

  • Anderson (740 S 17th St, 19146)
  • Awbury (6101 Ardleigh St, 19138)
  • Carousel (4300 Avenue of the Republic, 19131)
  • Feltonville (231 E Wyoming Ave, 19120)
  • Kelly (4231 Landsdowne Dr, 19131)
  • Lee (4328 Haverford Ave, 19104)
  • Max Myers (1601 Hellerman St, 19149)
  • Samuel (2501 E Tioga St, 19134)
  • * Sayre (5835 Spruce St, 19139)
  • Vare (2600 Morris St, 19145)

We spent Wednesday visiting some of the last remaining open pools. Check out the photos below:

A swimmer pushes off the pool wall to swim a lap the length of Kelly Pool.

A swimmer pushes off the pool wall to swim a lap the length of Kelly Pool.

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A lifeguard at Kelly Pool

Fay Williams, 34, a lifeguard at Kelly Pool in Fairmount Park and a Southwest Philly resident, laughs with swimming children on one of the final days of the season

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West Philly's Kelly Pool will open on June 20.

Williams gestures for children to swim back towards her as she prepares to throw a float into the water for children learning to swim to latch onto.

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Hunting Park Recreation Center

The final day for swimming at Hunting Park Rec Center in North Philadelphia is Thursday, Aug. 24

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Kate Gaydosh, 19, a lifeguard at Samuel Recreation Center and a Port Richmond resident, watches over swimming children during the pool's final summer 2017 days on Wednesday afternoon, August 23. This pool closes for the season on Friday, August 25.

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The pool at Samuel Recreation Center is set to open on Friday, June 21.

Mia Rose, 9, a Fishtown resident and swimmer at Samuel Recreation Center, enjoys one of her last days swimming at the Port Richmond neighborhood pool as she emerges from underwater on Wednesday afternoon, August 23.

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Billy Eastburn, 19, a lifeguard at Samuel Recreation Center and a Somerton resident, swings his whistle as he watches over children swimming on Wednesday afternoon, August 23.

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Samuel Recreation Center

Mark Minissale, 21, a lifeguard at Samuel Recreation Center and a Holmesburg resident, watches over swimming children on Wednesday afternoon, August 23.

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The 2017 closing sign at Marian Anderson pool

Marian Anderson Rec Center's outdoor swimming pool will be one of the last pools in the city to close for the summer. On Friday, August 25, the pool will have an all-day open swim to celebrate its last day open for the summer 2017 season.

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Marian Anderson pool will open on June 23.

The Marian Anderson Rec Center pool in Graduate Hospital overlooks the city's skyline, making for a nice view while swimmers swim during the pool's last days of being open for the summer 2017 season.

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