December 16, 2020

Renovated Martin Luther King Jr. Swim Center Reopens

Montgomery County’s Martin Luther King Jr. Swim Center has reopened with a new and improved look. The updated facility, located at 1201 Jackson Rd. in Silver Spring, has been a long-standing favorite spot for swimmers of all ages and abilities.

MLK Swim Center had operated for more than 35 years without any revitalization, and many of the building components and systems were in dire need of replacement and repair.

“The holiday season is the perfect time to reopen the MLK Jr. Swim Center, right in time for folks to start their New Year resolutions and fitness plans,” said Montgomery County Recreation Director Robin Riley. “I appreciate the patience of our enthusiastic aquatics community and know users will enjoy the extensive improvements that have given this first-rate facility a sharp fresh look.”

Visitors can see the updates before they enter the facility, starting with a new sign above the entrance. The front entrance driveway and parking areas have been reconstructed. Outside lighting has been improved throughout the grounds. The brick has been cleaned and the sloped roof has been replaced. A new bike rack has been installed. Improvements were made to the indoor and outdoor security systems.

Renovations inside include new carpeting and refurbished restrooms. New furniture, fresh paint and eye-catching signs can be seen throughout the building. The lower lobby double door to the pool, the vestibule unit ventilator and bleacher railings have been replaced. There are new doors and flooring throughout the facility. Some of the upgrades were made to make the swim center compliant with American with Disabilities regulations.

The facility is now operating with new safety restrictions to better protect public safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. The pool is open to County residents and pool pass holders only. Reservations are encouraged as patrons with reservations will have priority admission. The number of available walkup daily admission slots will depend on the number of reservations and pool capacity.

For more information about the pool, visit the website.