Filled out my survey last Friday. If you use the pool at all, please make sure to drop by and express your opinion in writing.
Just received an interesting email from Councilman Cantania's office, which quoted someone by the name of Andrew Newman (who seems to work for the council) that says:
"Attached is a letter that Councilmember Cheh sent to Dr. Hartsock about this issue. We have been pushing for a compromise and after speaking with Dr. Hartsock today, it seems clear that one will soon be reached that will allow for both 25-yard and 50-meter lanes to be used at the pool.
Just so you know, the resident is incorrect about the plans for the pool. The pool was designed to be a 25-yard pool that could be configured for 50-meter lanes for special events."
He claims that the pool was never meant to be configured as a 50m! I wonder where/when that decision was made. Do you think the community was ever asked!
Keep filling out those surveys!
According to the front desk, Wilson Aquatic will stop the surveys on Dec. 7th. But, DPR has not published anything official on the end date of the surveys, so please get your survey in soon!!
Also, the alternate configuration is 25 yards, NOT 25 meters. Don't give them the extra 7 feet!
I swam this morning and the front desk told me that they were ending the survey at week's end. She suggested that a decision should be made by next week as to the configuration. As I mentioned in earlier posts, you will probably get a different answer from anyone you speak to....Either way, it is now officially SWIM month so no one has an excuse NOT to head to Wilson pool, fill out your survey and get some laps in!
Wilson was configured for 25 yards tonight, and can probably expect it to stay that way at least through tomorrow night.
For me, it reiterated how much safer/nicer sharing one 50 meter lane with 5 people of similar speed is versus sharing a 25 yard lane with 3 people of ALL speeds.
There is a HS swim meet scheduled for tomorrow afternoon (12/3), so plan your swims accordingly!
Thanks for the intel. I was planning on swimming at Wilson tomorrow (Fri) night. I'll make sure I call before I go to check on the configuration. It is not worth my while to make the trek all the way up there if it is not 50m.
I swam at Wilson this morning, and as Andy mentioned, it is configured for 25 yards. Unfortunately, only half of the lanes were usable. The other half were roped off and no one could use them. And of the usable lanes, they did not have any designations as to the speed of swimmers. Therefore, I swam in a lane this morning with another average speed swimmer and A WATER JOGGER! Yes, I had to swim EVERY lap around a water jogger. There were several in the pool this morning and they swam in whatever lane they wanted (there were at least two seperate lanes that had water joggers in them...out of 11 lanes).
I encouraged anyone who has swam at Wilson pool at the 50 meter configuration to go back and try to swim with the 25 yard configuration set up. It is not about whether you grew up practicing flip turns or not (because the majority of DC residents and the people in the lanes this morning cannot do flip turns) or whether you are a good swimmer or not. With the short course configuration, it is about how patient a swimmer you are and whether you want to get a good workout in or not.
Again, I encourage everyone to go swim. Try both configurations out before offering your advise. And your survey needs to be in by this weekend.
I swam at Wilson Wednesday night and they had converted it to 25m already, they said it was for a Wilson HS swim meet on Thursday so hopefully they will convert back at the meet.
Regardless of the configuration, all swimmers need to be conscientious of their ability and pick a comparable lane. If you're swimming, don't get in a lane with someone "water jogging" and vice versa. I do deep water running to crosstrain and because I'm recovering from a stress fracture and I always try to pick at most a 2-person lane but if someone jumps in the lane during my workout I don't intend on stopping my workout. I've been to many pools and Wilson is definitely one of the nicest public pools out there and it is large enough to accomodate everyone of all abilities.
After reading all of these messages, this might be the one time I am thankful that I live in Maryland and don't have to worry about a certain pool length measurements. I've swam in a variety of pools in MD and DC. To me a pool is a pool and it's just a matter of making the most of it's assets. One needs to improvise their training to the facility that is available to them.
Pool is back to 50m today (Friday - 12-4); I just called at noon to verify.
Wilson released the new lane schedule, starting 12/24, the pool will be 50 yard Saturday - Tuesday and 25 yard Wednesday - Friday.
Pretty good compromise.
Thanks for the update!
And a 'warning’ about Tuesday evenings.
I got there about 6:30 and lanes 1 and 2 were for water walking/jogging/aerobics class. At 7, the masters team came in lanes 4-8. That left lanes 3 and 4 for circle swimming. I think there were about 10-12 people in each the lane.
Not the worst thing because it is a lot easier to pass in a 50 meter, but also not ideal.
Tuesday's are like that, although it's only bad for about a half hour around 7:00ish. The water aerobics class must be nearly over. Don't know if there is another one scheduled for next year, but I heard the instructor hasn't been paid, so it might not resurface in 2010.
that's great about the lane compromise, thanks for sharing the info. as for classes and such, they have a schedule of classes and other events that make some of the lanes unavailable now. it's available from the front desk and is quite handy in determining the optimal times to swim.
For those still interested in this issue there is now a petition:
Just got back from Wilson pool where I saw several DC Tri Club members getting in a swim workout. As I entered the pool, I was immediately stopped by a woman handing out a 'save the wilson 50' petition.
Apparently this is a new round of talks so it is imperative that everyone sign it!!! (link in previous post).
Rumor has it a messy compromise is being proposed: 37.5 yards....
Signed; over 150 signatures now.
Just signed. You can post it on your Facebook, email and Tweet the petition. I did all 3. Let's keep our 50m pool!!