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NORTHEAST, D.C. (WUSA)-- The unofficial start to summer doesn't only mean beach time but also pool time.

The District kicked off the season at the newly opened and renovated Rosedale Community Center.

19 pools will open for the first full day of the season across the district on Saturday.

Rosedale Community Center has a rich history and has undergone a $17.5 million transformation.

Growing up during segregation,
Rosalee Clemons remembers having to sneak into the pool and playground.

"We would go around Gales Street and slide in at night," she said.

Mamie 'Peanut' Johnson remembers those days.

Johnson was one of the few women who played in Negro League Baseball.
"We've come a long way. We still haven't gotten there. With this happening it's a wonderful thing.

The community center will house a new library, gym and new artificial turf football field..
For a woman who broke so many barriers, Friday's opening is close to her heart.
Johnson said, " I'm proud of Rosedale. Very, very proud."

Johnson has big plans in mind for the field where she was discovered.

"I'm going to put baseball back out there. I'm looking forward to a lot of things for Rosedale."

The football field will be dedicated to Mamie Peanut Johnson in June.

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