Read it and weep.....
New schedule begins Monday, October 31, 2011
DPR Contact: John Stokes, (202) 288-7275
DPR Aquatics Office: (202) 671-1289
Washington, DC - Today, the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) announced the new pool lane configuration schedule for the Wilson Aquatic Center. The new lane configurations will begin on Monday, October 31, 2011.
DPR Director Jesús Aguirre states, “The lane configuration issue at Wilson Aquatic Center is one we take seriously. I would like to thank the many District residents who have shared their input regarding the Wilson Pool, including those who participated in the DPR Wilson Aquatic Center Online Survey.
The Wilson Aquatic Center is a state of the art aquatic facility in Ward 3 adjacent to the newly modernized Wilson High School. Wilson Aquatic Center is DC's premier indoor aquatic facility. The center offers one large swimming pool, a leisure pool that includes a children’s area, a whirlpool, men's and women's locker rooms, a viewing gallery, meeting rooms and coming soon a fitness center. There has been much debate about whether the Wilson Pool should remain in a 50-meter configuration, switch to a 25-yard configuration, or be configured in some combination of the two configurations. Based on input from the Wilson Advisory Committee, the Wilson Aquatic Center Online Survey, the ANCs in the area, the Wilson Swim Team and in consideration of new programs that are being developed, DPR has established a configuration schedule that balances the input received from these groups with the best interests of the diverse group of children, youth, families and specialized swimmers that utilize or wish to utilize one of DPR’s crown jewel facilities”
The following schedule will be in effect during the current school year, beginning Monday, October 31, 2001 through the end of the Wilson Swim Team season. Customers can also find the calendar view of the schedule on the DPR website, DPR.DC.GOV or the Wilson Pool web page, wilsonaquatics.com.
Monday – 6:00 am – 8:00 am
Wednesday – 6:00 am – 3:00 pm
Friday – 6:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday – 8:30 am – 9:00 pm
Tuesday – 6:00 am – 8:00 pm
Wednesday – 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Thursday – 6:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday – 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
The pool will be closed for one hour each day except Sunday to change lane configurations and on Monday when the lane change will take one half hour with the assistance of the Wilson Swim Team.
There will be no changes to the leisure pool or whirlpool.
Of the 1,185 District residents who participated in the unscientific online survey, 66 respondents voted for the pool to be 25 yards at all times, 818 voted for 50 meters at all times and 166 thought it should be split equally with some days 25 yards and other days at 50 meters. 82 people said it should be split, but mostly 25 yards and 53 people thought it should be split, but mostly 50 meter. The ANC’s voted unanimously to have the pool configured in a 50-50 split. DPR will also use the 25 yard configuration to develop programs such as diving and school based aquatic activities.
For more information on DPR programs visit our website, DPR.DC.GOV, or follow us on Twitter, @DCDPR.
good to hear that the dpr has decided to split the time up what appears to be a good schedule from 25 to 50m. configurations.
much like the santa monica college does every week they have a schedule very similar in ways. glad to see that dc has seen that they can do the same thing.
Well at least they came up with a simple schedule.
Will be interesting to see if this makes the evening session any busier.
Upside is that we'll get more lanes for the Club Masters program on Friday evenings!
They are closing the pool an extra 7 hours each week, including closing early on 3 weeknights, all after 70% of people polled said they wanted it to remain just how it was. Not that it was a lot of difficulty to complete the poll, but why'd they even bother wasting 1000+ people's time if they were just going to ignore the results?
I understand the high school kids need to train how they compete (25 yards), but it does not take an hour to change lane lines.
it honestly should take only 15-20 minutes to change over the lanes, any more is just them being inefficient.
The UT swim center switches the lanes four times each day, because the college teams want yards and everyone else wants meters. It takes three people, and a piece of string. They finish in ten minutes, fifteen if they walk slow.
This is lane line manipulation, not rocket science. Oh wait...I forgot, this is DC.
I just don't understand why they're having to figure this out now - 2 yrs after the pool opened. Why didn't they do a thorough survey before? Such a tease to build something so great, only to change it later. And unfortunate there's so much wasted pool time for everyone.
Guess I'm glad we have 50m for some of the time though!
This never would have happened if Fenty were still mayor.
Or Marion Barry - Mayor 4 lif!!