Lifestyle

The New Kenneth R. Dunn Municipal Pool has three distinct areas. Fun for the whole family! Shown here is the splash zone area for the littlest swimmers. Photo courtesy of author.

The long-awaited reopening of the Dunn Municipal Pool at Truxtun Park has arrived. After a $4 million renovation and slightly delayed opening due to the current coronavirus pandemic, the gates were pulled back for summer-loving locals. The new and improved city pool includes a six-lane lap pool, a leisure pool with a beach entry, curly slides and water elements, plus a splash pad with more water elements for younger kids. The variety of pools and activities serves a range of swimmers, from those looking to exercise with lap swimming to quality family time around the leisure pool. It will also remain open through September to give more visitors a chance to use the new facilities.

Entrance to the new facilities at Truxton Park. Photo courtesy of author.

New Pool Facilities

In addition to the two pools and splash pad, you can satisfy your mid-swim hunger at the fully stocked snack bar. The pool decks offer ample seating in zones for a safe social distance. Large umbrellas accompany each seating area to provide maximum shade for those looking to catch fewer rays. Other upgrades include a new bathhouse with changing rooms and showers and a welcoming entryway that effectively accommodates the most recent COVID guidelines.

Designated social distancing spaces are marked at the facility entrance. Photo courtesy of author.

COVID-19 Protocols

The Truxtun Park staff takes the COVID protocols very seriously to ensure your family has a fun and safe visit during their time at the pool. A few precautions that have been implemented include:

  • Close the facility every two hours for a thorough disinfecting treatment.
  • Stay in the assigned pool area.
  • Wear a mask when in common areas.
  • Stand 6-feet apart while waiting to enter the facility.
  • Staff will ask you to sign a form to contact tracing and take your temperature before entering.
  • The facility has a maximum allowance (half of the capacity)
    Keeping the swim complex open through October 4th means more chances for locals and visitors to cool off. Photo courtesy of the author.

Pool Open through October 4th

The pool’s upscale renovations are a welcoming surprise to those who are familiar with the previous establishment. Although many people knew the swim complex was undergoing a facelift, there’s a positive buzz among swimmers and loungers at the facility. Those enjoying the facility feel fortunate that they’re able to spend time in a clean and refreshing environment on the last of these hot summer days. While other pools may be closing over Labor Day weekend, the pool at Truxtun Park will remain open through October 4th according to the city’s website.

The slides and splash zone are the most popular feature of the new municipal complex. Photo courtesy of author.

Truxton Park & Pool

Unfortunately, the pool doesn’t offer 2020 seasonal passes due to the short remainder of the season, but that is something pool-goers can look forward to in summers to come. The community efforts to create a space for families and avid swimmers have been generously embraced.

The Kenneth R. Dunn Municipal pool will remain open through October 4th. Check the city website for details. Photo courtesy of author.

Often you’ll see families and small groups enjoying a picnic at the pavilion across the parking lot waiting patiently between swimming sessions as the staff diligently disinfects the facility. Truxtun Park serves Annapolitans in many ways, from Spa Creek access to sports fields, but the renovation of this swimming complex elevates the park experience and sense of community.

Signs, cleaning and social distancing guidelines keep swimmers safe at the Kenneth R. Dunn Municipal Pool. Photo courtesy of author.

The new facility is located at 251 Pumphouse Road in Annapolis.

Kristin Dyak

Kristin Dyak is the digital marketing director at a local ad agency where she specializes in social media marketing. She became an Annapolitan in 2015 when moving back east after a stint on the west coast. Growing up in Northern Virginia, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore were home to countless childhood, summer memories. Kristin is excited to be part of a vibrant neighborhood that prioritizes local artists, music and events that encourage a progressive community in this historic city.