City staff evaluated bids for the Feasibility Study for the 50-meter pool at Chinquapin with the expectation of awarding a contract early this month. The contractor is expected to issue its recommendation regarding a 50-meter pool by early January as the first step of the contract. The study of other aspects of the new pools at Chinquapin will follow in later contract steps.
Chinquapin is scheduled to reopen as of November 1st after being closed for HVAC work during the summer. The City is partnering with the Chinquapin Advisory Council to host an open house to celebrate the reopening on Saturday, November 2nd from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. AAA will be there with a table as well. Please come by if you can make it.
At the conclusion of the traditional summer swimming season on Labor Day, the City offered additional swimming time by keeping the Old Town pool open through much of September. From all reports, it was a great success. There was good attendance and a lot of good swimming days. And all of it was free! A very nice gesture by the City to its swimming community. AAA would love to see it again next year.
The City of Alexandria opens its Old Town & Warwick Pools today. Again, AAA would like to thank everyone at the City and the Community for the re-opening of Warwick Pool this season.
For more information on operating hours and fees, follow this link for the city’s pool website.
The Alexandria City Council passed the City’s annual budget last night, including $22.5 million for aquatics in the city. City Council’s approved Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) reserves $17 million in 2016 and 2017 for bringing two pools, including one 50-meter pool, to Chinquapin Rec Center.
AAA is trying to determine the final amounts included in the CIP for a feasibility study and additional pools. The plan includes either $500,000 or $600,000 in 2014 for a feasibility study. The plan also includes either $4.4 million or $5 million in 2018 for additional pools.
The City is relying on the private sector to raise $5 million to build the additional pools. The inclusion of some funds for additional pools allows AAA a stable platform — a demonstration of the City’s commitment to aquatics — to begin fundraising.
AAA would like to thank the Mayor and City Council, the City Manager, and City Staff for committing to the future of aquatics in Alexandria.
Check out Bill River’s Letter to the Editor in the Alexandria Gazette.