We need you to swim to the rescue once again!

As I indicated to you in my message after the budget submission, we face yet another challenge to the new pool at Chinquapin. We are not part of the base budget for FY 2018, but we are in the supplemental Capital Improvement Plan for FY 2018. What that means is that we have to convince the City Council to move the pool money from the supplemental (or unfunded) area to the base (or funded) budget.

We had a very productive meeting with Council Member John Chapman last week. He thinks that there is a chance that Council will agree to move some projects from the supplemental list to the base budget. But he warned us that many projects would be competing for that status, so we need to redouble our efforts to convince Council of the need for the new pool.

Accordingly, I’m asking you once again to write to the Council members and to the City Manager expressing your support for the new pool. You’ve done a great job so far and we are getting closer to the end so please take the time to write that message – even a short one is fine – and tell the Council that the new pool is needed.

We are stressing the following points in our meetings with the Council members:

  • This is the third time that the aquatics community has been shortchanged on this pool.

– In 1985, the City built the wrong size pool and no school in Alexandria has been able to host an official meet in over 30 years.

– In 2008, $25 million set aside for Chinquapin was taken because of the cost overrun on the TC Williams High School.

– And now in 2017, we have seen our approved funding once again disappear.

  • 7,500 school kids will not have the opportunity to learn how to survive in the water without the pool space offered by the new pool.
  • The pool would benefit a wide range of Alexandria residents from toddlers to octogenarians. It offers city-wide services, unlike other fitness facilities in the City.

There are plenty of other reasons for the new pool, but these three are a good start to any message that you want to send.

You did it once in getting over 100 messages sent to Council members. Please do it again for yourselves and future generations of Alexandrians.

Here are the links for your messages:  You can contact the Mayor and City Council and the City Manager by clicking on these links.

Also, if you are available, please come to the public sessions of the City Council and speak on behalf of the Chinquapin pool.

Thanks, Bill Rivers

Fuel the Pool on #GivingTuesday

Join us for #GivingTuesday at Fairlington Pizza! Thanks to the generous support of Nick and the team at Fairlington Pizza, 20% of all sales on November 29 will be donated to AAA. Additional donations will be welcome.

Family owned and operated since 1963, Fairlington Pizza is located at:
1715 Centre Court Plaza
Alexandria, VA 22302
For delivery call: 703-998-6711

Fairlington Pizza will be supporting AAA from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on November 29. Please tell them that you support AAA when placing your order!

To reach our ultimate goal, we have set an ambitious target for this #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving, on November 29:

50 gifts of $1,000
100 gifts of $50
Total goal: $55,000

It’s easy.  You can give right here on our website and your gift is tax-deductible.

Thank you for your support.
Advocates for Alexandria Aquatics

Vacancy Announcement for Chinquapin Director

AAA is pleased to announce that the City of Alexandria has posted a vacancy announcement for a new Director of the Chinquapin Recreation Center and Aquatic Facility. The new Director will help oversee the construction of the new 50-meter pool at Chinquapin and the implementation of programming at the new site. AAA helped ensure the emphasis on candidates with experience in the building and operation of a 50-meter pool.

Vacancy Announcement

Support Alexandria Aquatics at Reunions!

During the entire month of October, 5% of every purchase you make at Reunions in Fairlington Centre will be donated to AAA to put toward the new 50-meter pool at Chinquapin. We are excited about this fabulous partnership with Reunions (1709 Centre Plaza), and we hope that all of our AAA friends will support this generous, community-minded business and tell others about the promotion. October is a great month to start your holiday shopping and fuel the pool!


Also, watch your email and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for news about upcoming community meetings regarding the design of the new 50-meter pool. These meetings will likely begin in late October or early November and we encourage you to attend and to be part of the exciting design process.

Thank you for your continued support!

AAA Sponsors Jim McDonnell Lake Swim

reston masters lake swimAAA was a sponsor of the 2016 Jim McDonnell Lake Swim in Reston’s Lake Audubon. On May 29, AAA board member Bob Ludke had the opportunity to participate in the two mile swim, and here are his thoughts on the event.

2016 was the second year in which I participated in the two mile Jim McDonnell Lake Swim. The event also features a one mile swim, and participants have the opportunity to swim in both distances. The Jim McDonnell Lake Swim is considered one of the premier open water swims in the Mid Atlantic region and attracts swimmers of all skill levels from the area. The organizers do a great job putting together the event, the water tends to be warm and the competition is always friendly.

Compared to lap swimming in a pool, open water swimming is a refreshing change. Best of all, there is no need to worry about flip turns when cruising along in a beautiful lake! However, open water swimming does present its own challenges. Open water swimmers need to feel comfortable altering their stroke to look up and sight the buoys, and because there are no lane lines there can be jostling between swimmers – especially when rounding the buoys. Those skills can easily be learned in a swimming pool. One or two tips from a coach or experienced open water swimmer is all that is needed.

If you have never done an open water swim event consider starting with a shorter distance – something like 750 meters or one mile (roughly 1250 meters). Also, many local swim teams have groups that practice in area lakes and rivers, and those are great opportunities to get some coaching while gaining experience.

Regardless of distance, the most important rule of open water swimming is to be safe. Even experienced open water swimmers should never swim alone and all swimmers must take steps to ensure they are visible to watercraft. Once you have the necessary safety precautions in place, get in and enjoy the beauty of swimming in open water.

Photo credit: restonmasters.com