Pools Open: Dive In!
Mayor Adrian Fenty (D) was all smiles today because for the first time in recent memory the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation will open all 19 of the city's outdoor swimming pools this holiday weekend to mark the beginning of the summer season.
"This Memorial Day weekend, starting Saturday, all of the outdoor pools in the District of Columbia will be open for the first time ever," said Fenty. The mayor, along with acting parks and recreation director Ximena Hartsock and Councilmember Harry Thomas (D-Ward 5) opened pool season with a race among a group of life guards at the Anacostia Pool in Southeast Washington.
Fenty also announced that all District residents will again have free access to the city's pools because of a $60,000 grant from the Kaiser Foundation. He also announced that the city is in compliance with the new Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, named for the granddaughter of former Secretary of State James Baker, who died after she became stuck in spa drain in 2002.
"This is just the beginning of the summer, there is more to come," said Harstock, a former D.C. high school principal, who is awaiting confirmation from the D.C. Council for her new post. Harstock said she is a big proponent of the pools because, "Swimming is one of the most complete sports and you can prolong your life. It is good for everyone."
-- Hamil R. Harris
May 21, 2009; 1:42 PM ET
Categories: City Life , Hamil R. Harris
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