On May 5, the Alexandria City Council voted to allocate $4.5 million to begin the design work for the new 50-meter pool at Chinquapin Aquatics and Recreation Center. This is a historic step forward in the City of Alexandria’s plans for a new 50-meter pool at Chinquapin Aquatics and Recreation Center.
Advocates for Alexandria Aquatics (AAA) applauds the ongoing leadership of Mayor Silberberg and the City Council and their commitment to improving the aquatics infrastructure in our community.
Equally noteworthy is the passion for aquatics shared by so many in the Alexandria community. Hundreds of Alexandrians have joined this effort and have generously provided their time, expertise and financial support. Their commitment has been instrumental in demonstrating the need for improved aquatics facilities in Alexandria.
Says Bill Rivers, chair of the AAA board of directors, “AAA will continue working with the City and the community to ensure that Alexandria has a new pool that serves all residents, provides swim lessons for all those who want to gain an important life-saving skill and is built in a manner that fits within the City’s budget.”
As further evidence of the City’s commitment to improving aquatics, this budget includes $2.1 million for a new community pool in Warwick in 2017 and proposed spending for a renovation of the deteriorating Old Town pool in 2022.
With the City’s financial commitment in place, AAA will begin its efforts in earnest to raise private sector funds to supplement those from the City to build the best 50-meter pool possible. AAA is committed to securing $2.5 million of private sector funding by the time construction of the pool begins in 2018.
Anticipating the Council vote, AAA raised $5,000 during April’s Spring2Action for the new 50-meter pool at Chinquapin. AAA is presenting a check for that amount to the City as a good faith gesture that more private sector funding can be raised with the City funding now assured.
In another indication of the power of the budget vote, the Potomac Riverboat Company has just pledged a donation for the new pool.
Adds Rivers, “With the City’s financial commitment to the new pool a reality, donors such as the Potomac Riverboat Company are now willing to pledge private sector dollars to supplement the City funds.”