The Post ran an article on the Wilson Pool lane-length controversy:
Apparently DPR is conducting another survey, "at the end of this week."
Meredith Gardner is quoted at the end of the article - I have a feeling that it's a gross misquote and, if so, worthy of correction.
It seems like the reasonable compromise is to set it up like East Potomac most of the time. 1/3 of the pool (or the right 2-3 lanes) should be opened up and available for leisure swimmers. The rest should remain 50m lanes. I've been there dozens of times and it is unfair to corral the leisure swimmers into one lane and for the diving boards to be unusable. But I'm really going to be angry if it goes to 25 yards full time because WAC is the one reason I don't mind paying DC taxes :)
The article also perpetuates the "almost 90 minute changeover" myth. I lived in a town of 12,000 that somehow switched between long course and short course every day from May through September, only closing from 10:30-11 am every day. Surely DC can figure out how to manage that.
"Surely DC can figure out how to manage that."
I think I found the problem...
Maybe DPR can take a trip out to my old stomping grounds in NM to figure it out.
Wpost is soliciting comments on the Saturday article - please go online and fill out a nice comment in support of 50m lanes.
The Post blog:
Letters to the Editor, on the Post, which I found compelling:
Meanwhile, Mary Cheh has come out and asked DPR to move to a compromise plan.
I was of the opinion that swapping lanes was a good answer, but I've changed my mind. Leave the pool the way it is, with the 50 m lanes or, barring that, divide one or two lanes into 25s.
It's not just a neighborhood pool - it's a citywide resource. Given that there's a leisure pool with 20 yd lanes, and one or two lanes of the lap pool given over to water-walking and programmed activity, the current configuration seems to me the best for everyone.