: There are lots of pools in the DC area you can use. We have the
: distinction of having six 50M long course pools under roof as
: well as many more that are summer only pools. Somebody has
: already told you about the Montgomery Aquatic Center Pool (MAC.)
(Note: Not one of these 50m pools ever sets up for a
LC workout!!! Hains Point does, but it is outdoors, as stated.)
: It is quite far out if what you are planning to do is sightsee
: Washington. The Arlington County HS pools (three of them) are
: closer in.
MAC is, however, about as convenient to Metro as
you can get. Oak Marr (mentioned below) is fairly close to the
Vienna Metro, but still requires a drive.
: A very nice, very uncrowded pool is at Prince George's Comm Coll,
: its a 50m by 25y pool. Phone number is 301-336-6000. There are
Two problems with that: I'm not sure if they're easily
open to the general public, and they aren't convenient to
anything except USAir Arena. But it's a great facility.
: three LC pools (indoors) in Fairfax Cty run by their park
: authority. They are Oak Marr, Lee Dist and Wakefield. They also
: have at least 4 SC pools. The City of Alexandria has a pool.
Alexandria's pool is Chinquapin Rec Center. Fairfax
County also has smaller public pools in Falls Church (Providence),
Springfield (South Run) and McLean (Spring Hill). If the
family wants to shop at in the Tysons Corner Mega-Mall area,
Spring Hill is very close to that.
: Finally their is LC Pool run by the Md Natl Capital Park Auth
: called Fairland that is south of Laurel; just off of I-95. They
: also have a bunch of smaller pools.
Much as I admire the building, Fairland is the _worst_
choice for training. (No reflection on the person posting
this information!) Clocks are badly placed, water temperature
is way too high, and the price has gone up. And unless you're
going to Baltimore, it's inconvenient to anything.
: I'd decide where I wanted to stay to sightsee and then see what
: pool is most convenient.
If it 'twere me, I'd stay in Fairfax, utilize Oak Marr,
and take Metro into the city. Also convenient to Manassas
Battlefield Park and I-66 out to the Shenandoah. Watch out for
the flash flooding if you go west this week, though.
Maybe we ought to have a FAQ on DC swimming, written
by someone named Jeff, obviously.
| James G. Acker |
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