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Takoma pool closure plan changes after protests

On Wednesday, the Fenty administration announced that the Takoma Aquatics Center would get a makeover from locker rooms to the pool deck to the baby pools.

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty has pushed throughout his term for new and renovated athletics facilities throughout the city. His campaign literature for the Democratic primary highlights the construction of schools, libraries and recreation facilities.

Great news for Ward 4 residents? Not entirely.

The original plan was to close the pool from Monday, June 21, through Aug. 6. Listservs lit up with complaints. No swimming for the summer?

One parent explained that she signed up her children for camp at the Takoma recreation center because the city had already touted an "aquatics" camp. It was too late to find an alternative, she said.

On Friday, the Department of Parks and Recreation announced that the renovations will be completed in two phases. The second phase, which requires the pool to be closed, will not begin until Sept. 15 - the day after the Democratic primary.

-- Nikita Stewart

By Nikita Stewart  |  June 18, 2010; 5:25 PM ET
Categories:  City Life , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  
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You don't even have to be smart to know that opening the pools then closing them for renovations in the SUMMER is wrong. Fenty's pink slip from the city that says:YOU"RE FIRED can't come soon enough.

Posted by: candycane1 | June 18, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

This is just another dumb move of Fenty. The renovations can wait until Fall. Please, will somebody just tell Mr. Fenty to resign, now.

Posted by: fivetogo | June 19, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

This is such a joke. I remember when they "renovated" the locker room at the inddor pool in South East, near Independence and North Carolina. They took out the old lockers in favor of coin operated new lockers. The coin lockers never worked and you still have to bring a lock. No other changes were made, the pool was closed for months, and god knows how much money was spent. Something shady is going on here. Should look in to this company that has a contract for these renovations.

Posted by: jrubin7 | June 21, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

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