Volta Park Day: Fun on the Hottest Day of the Year
It's official in our neighborhood: Summer has begun and Volta Park Day is when it starts. June 10 at 92 degrees was the hottest day since August 10. The day provided family fun, especially for the little ones: soda, hamburgers, hot dogs, cupcakes, snow cones, balloon slide, water dunk, sprinklers, band and flea market -- not to mention the tennis match and softball game for the older kids. The Volta Park pool opens its full summer schedule on June 19: Tuesday through Thursday, 1 to 8 p.m., public; Saturday and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.; closed Monday.
The day is put on by the Friends of Volta Park, founded by John Richardson in 1995, a homegrown non-profit which works with the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation to maintain and improve Volta Park's grounds and gardens. The effort has many local benefactors -- Clyde's Restaurant Group, Georgetown University, Nancy Taylor Bubes of Washington Fine Properties, Michael Rankin of TTR Sotheby's, Long and Foster, Exxon of Georgetown, Colonial Parking and John Richardson Company -- as well as even more neighborhood contributors.