A/C Problems Shut Down D.C. Pools, Rec Centers

Saturday, Jul 20, 2013  |  Updated 8:48 AM EDT
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Air conditioning unit problems have prompted officials to shut down several D.C.-area pools and recreation centers. News4's David Culver has the latest details.

David Culver

Air conditioning unit problems have prompted officials to shut down several D.C.-area pools and recreation centers. News4's David Culver has the latest details.

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Several D.C. area pools and recreation centers closed Friday for an undetermined amount of time due to problems with air conditioning.

According to city officials, the following locations are temporarily closed:

  • Kennedy Recreation Center, 1401 7th St. NW
  • Deanwood Aquatic Facility, 1350 49th St. NE
  • Takoma Aquatic Facility, 300 Van Buren St. NW
  • Wilson Aquatic Facility, 4551 Fort Dr. NW

"They'll be working around the clock until this is resolved," John Stokes with D.C.'s Department of Parks and Recreation said.

The heat also caused problems for some passengers aboard a Megabus from New York City to D.C. Friday. Alexandria resident Tony Batista was on the bus at the time, and said the inside of the bus didn't feel much better than the 100 degree-plus temperatures outside.

"I would say it was unsafe because there was no ventilation so you can't open any windows," Batista said. "It must have been close to 100 degrees, probably hotter inside."

News4's Northern Virginia Bureau Reporter David Culver spoke with Megabus officials who said although the A/C aboard the bus was not broken, it only has the capacity to cool the bus by 20 degrees below the outside temperature.

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