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Warwick Pool In the News

posted Sep 12, 2011, 1:40 PM by Jenny Malseed   [ updated Sep 12, 2011, 1:53 PM ]

The Alexandria Patch recently covered Warwick Pool.  The article provides a lot of good information about the pool and current situation:
http://oldtownalexandria.patch.com/articles/the-future-of-warwick-pool-treads-water

Aquatics Assessment

posted Apr 20, 2011, 10:18 AM by Jenny Malseed   [ updated Apr 21, 2011, 10:50 AM ]

If you've heard that the pool might close in 1-2 years (which many of us have), you may be wondering why the city is investing in pool repairs?  Well... the situation is a bit more nuanced, and potentially favorable, than we originally thought. 

It's true that funding to improve Warwick pool is not in Alexandria's Capital Improvement Budget.  We recently learned that this is because Alexandria has no long-term plan or strategy for its aquatics facilities.  City leaders were understandably reticent to "throw money" at repairs without a longer-term strategy. 

The city hired a team of independent consultants who are conducting an Aquatics Assessment and developing a "Master Plan" for Alexandria aquatics.  We hope that Warwick pool improvements will be part of that Plan, and will communicate that to the city during a stakeholder meeting on May 4th.  

Because the Master Plan will be completed after this year’s city budget cycle, it is unlikely that any major funding will be included in the FY12 budget.  But that doesn't mean we should sit back and relax.  We need to start applying pressure NOW to ensure that aquatics funding, and funding for Warwick pool, are restored in future budgets!

Please email the Mayor and City Council today to express your support of public pools for Alexandria, and Warwick Pool in particular!

Pool Improvements

posted Apr 20, 2011, 10:17 AM by Jenny Malseed   [ updated Apr 21, 2011, 10:28 AM ]

We had a productive meeting on April 9th with Ralph Baird, the City Aquatics director, including a tour of the facilities.  Great news:  Ralph was able to get funding allocated for some basic repairs to the pool, including:

  • New toilets (already installed)
  • Painting the inside and outside of the pool house
  • Removing the outer (penitentiary-type) fence -- which will improve curb appeal and make it easier to move between the pool and the park
  • Replacing the interior fence that surrounds the pool
  • Purchasing new lounges and chairs. 

The city is open to additional repairs and to partnering with us.  We also contacted the city landscape designer to request a new sign and a design for the property so we can plant flowers etc (hopefully this summer). Yay! 

Swim Lessons & Pool Memberships

posted Apr 20, 2011, 10:16 AM by Jenny Malseed   [ updated May 12, 2014, 6:28 AM ]

That’s right – children’s swimming lessons will be offered at Warwick pool this summer.  To sign up or learn more, click here and search for youth swimming lessons at Warwick Pool.  The city can also arrange individual and group lessons pending instructor and space availability. 

You can also purchase seasonal membership passes to Warwick Pool.  Click here for more information. 

 


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