ONE WEEKEND EVERY YEAR, just
after the kids have traded summer
activities for long months in the
classroom, the Wheaton/Glenmont
Outdoor Pool becomes a destination for
a different type of visitor.
Scores of dogs swarm the pool on
the weekend after Labor Day, swimming
and splashing and chasing balls. It’s
been a tradition at Montgomery County
Recreation’s Wheaton location for more
than 10 years. (Other local pools hold
similar events.) People are ;nished with
the pool for the summer, so it goes to
the dogs—and it only requires a little
more than the usual winter cleanup
afterward, says Trish Gill, a recreation
specialist for the county.
Some dogs timidly dip into the baby
pool, while others practically swim laps
around the main pool. Owners are not
permitted to swim with them, and the
pool’s slides are closed, but the dogs
;nd plenty to do. “It’s the perfect place
for dogs to come and be safe and have
fun,” Gill says. “It tires them out.”
The pool is open to canines on Sept.
10 and 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for
$10 per dog.
Wheaton/Glenmont Outdoor Pool, 12621
Dalewood Drive, Wheaton; 240-777-6870,