Common questions

Is the reflecting pool gone?


Is the reflecting pool gone?

NPS workers closed the eastern 30 feet (9 meters) of the pool in August 2015 to repair the basin, work that was completed in the summer of 2016. The Reflecting Pool was completely drained in June 2017 to control a parasitical outbreak. The parasite, which causes swimmer’s itch, infects snails which inhabit the pool.

Can you go in the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool?

Does America Really Need The National Mall? The risk of people contracting the parasite at the reflecting pool is “extremely low,” says the Park Service, because you need sustained contact with affected water — and swimming in the pool has never been allowed. (Though it’s been done.)

What is the significance of the Reflecting Pool?

The reflecting pool is long and can be seen in many photographs of the Washington Monument. There are paths and trees on both sides, and many people exercise around it. It reflects both the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial, which means that you can see both if you look into the water.

Are you allowed to stand in the Reflecting Pool?

National Park Service spokesman Bill Line said it is illegal to walk or wade in the water or to splash others in the Rainbow Pool. “It is also considered to be highly disrespectful to World War II veterans, sadly most of whom are no longer with us,” Line said.

How deep is the DC reflecting pool?

The Reflecting Pool, more than a third of a mile long and over two feet deep in some parts, is a centerpiece of the capital’s National Mall, hosting millions of visitors a year.

Are there fish in the reflecting pool?

“The fish . . . never died like this before,” said Frank Royster, 61, who has worked in maintenance at Constitution Gardens — between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument and just north of the Reflecting Pool — for 28 years. The pond’s fish population also includes carp, catfish and largemouth bass.

Why is there no water in the Reflecting Pool?

The Reflecting Pool is generally drained for cleaning over the winter. The water flows either into the Tidal Basin or into the city’s water system. It flows either into the Tidal Basin or the city’s water system, according to NPS spokesperson Mike Litterst.

How deep is the Reflecting Pool in DC?