A bunch of folks are advocating construction of 50-meter championship lanes at Chinaquapin in Alexandria, lanes that would be open to all swimmers & triathletes.
Wherever you live, if you'd like to involved in expanding the area's swimming opportunities, check out the website of the organization backing such an expansion:
You can also get on a mailing list for this purpose, by contacting:
Done and done….thanks Ed!
Thanks Ed - this way Alexandria Rec could keep the Rixse pool at the balmy 83F and we'll have hope that the 50m pool won't choke all the oxygen out :) We are years away though. Feasibility study has been delayed.
There's also the proposed aquatic and fitness center as part of Phase II of the Long Bridge Park project in Arlington. The center is planned to have a 50m pool as well as a teaching pool, a wading pool and cardio fitness equipment.
Construction was supposed to have begun in fall 2013, but the County wanted to prequalify bidders. That delayed the process to this year. Then all the bids came in far above the projected budget. (The County had hired an engineering firm to establish the likely costs for the project. But all of the bids far exceeded that number. We don't know by how much, because the numbers haven't been released. The county manager only said that she would not recommend any of the bids to the Board.)
County staff members are re-examining the project, to see if cuts can be made or if other arrangements can be worked out. I would hope that they would explore why all of the bids came in so far above the projected costs, as established by the engineering study. I would also hope that the County would look for additional sources of revenue, such as selling naming rights to the facility (Boeing? American Airlines?). Another possibility: a deal with a local university. GWU already has a deal with ARL where the univ. provided some of the funding for a new baseball field in Barcroft Park in return for priority use for games. Marymount Univ. provided funding for one of the soccer/lacrosse fields at Long Bridge Park in return for priority use.
If the project can get back on track, this could be the quickest way to get a new quality 50m pool in Northern Virginia (2016-2017?). But the project is running into some turbulent waters at present. The plans have been studied and negotiated for a decade. I hope that it doesn't all come crashing down just as construction was supposed to get started.
Arlington residents can contact Board members and local media to voice their support for the center (if you do support the center). Maybe the scope of the center needs to be scaled back. (The fitness equipment area and the water slides could be postponed to a later phase of the project.) Any other constructive ideas are welcome too.