AAA joined with the City and the DASH bus system to launch free bus service on the AT10 route (route map and schedule – south to pool/north from pool) from July 1st through Labor Day. This service will allow kids and adults from the closed Warwick pool area to ride a free DASH Bus to the Old Town pool from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm Monday through Friday and from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm on Saturday and Sundays.
Splash with DASH Poster (pdf)
On June 30th, the Mayor of Alexandria, William Euille, joined Sandy Modell, CEO of DASH, and Bill Rivers, Chair of AAA, in announcing the free service. The announcement was made at a ceremony at the Old Town pool with business leaders, community leaders, and kids all in attendance against the backdrop of a DASH bus parked next to the Old Town pool. The sounds of kids enjoying the Old Town pool added a great touch to the ceremony. The Alexandria Gazette covered the event.
This service is provided to allow kids affected by the closure of Warwick to be able to enjoy swimming fun this summer. Since anyone can ride for free during the above hours, it will also have added benefits to all the communities served – Potomac Yards, Arlandria, Lynhaven, Warwick Village, Del Ray, and Rosemont. People can travel to stores, visit the Duncan Library, go to and from Metro at King Street – and most importantly, go to the Old Town pool – all for free!
DASH has extended the existing route to include a stop at the pool itself for the convenience of swimmers. The service has been made available due to the generous support of the business community, as well as donations from AAA, the Warwick Village Citizens Association, and other organizations. Over $20,000 was collected in one week to pay for the free service.
This is also being done in conjunction with the USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash program. Alexandria joined it this year and is kicking off the program in several ways. The main focus will be on providing swimming lessons to kids in Alexandria with particular emphasis on minority kids. The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity has also volunteered to help mentor kids in their efforts to learn how to swim. Truly, the community coming together to help its youth out.
See you on the AT 10 this summer!