The pool at Samuel Recreation Center is set to open on Friday, June 21. Credit: Sydney Schaefer / Billy Penn

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Updated June 27

Happy summer, Philadelphia. The official start of the season brings with it access to city public pools.

Run by the Department of Parks and Recreation, the city’s 60-plus public pools will open to the public at staggered dates. Things kick off on June 17 with the long-awaited reopening of Bridesburg’s pool — which was closed last year for renovations — and they’ll continue with rolling launches for the next few weeks. Each pool has its own schedule, with different days and times for open swim, lessons and team activities.

With just a few days to spare until the seasonal grand opening, Parks & Rec has officially released the schedule — which will open up almost half of Philly’s watering holes.

They’ll be welcoming swimmers soon. And this year, there’s no question: they’ll be open to all genders, all the time. (It took until 2018 for the city to fully eliminate an antiquated policy that set aside certain days for boys and others for girls.)

But some pools won’t open this season at all. Currently under construction, Fishtown’s Swimmo (aka Lederer pool) will not welcome neighbors in 2019 — and neither will Sayre Morris in Cobbs Creek.

Check the map to view the first round of openings, and stay tuned for more info about the remaining pools.

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  • Stinger Square (1400 S. 32nd St., 19146) — but Parks & Rec says this date is subject to change due to ongoing repairs

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Michaela Winberg

Michaela Winberg is a general assignment reporter at Billy Penn. She covers LGBTQ people and culture, public spaces, and transportation and mobility. She also sometimes produces radio and web features...