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Aquatics Community Springs to Action!

The aquatics community has been showing it’s support during Spring2Action today. Keep those donations coming! We’re racing toward our goal!

Remember to join AAA at Holy Cow on Wednesday from 6:00-8:00 p.m. to celebrate Spring2Action and learn more about the new pool at Chinquapin. Mention AAA (#190) and 25 cents of your meal will be donated to AAA. The nonprofit with the most mentions on Wednesday wins $500!

 

Today is the day! Spring2Action!

Spring2Action today – $50 toward a 50 meter pool!
Advocates for Alexandria Aquatics believes the community and City can work together to build extraordinary pools in Alexandria. Today is a great day to show your support, as we work towards raising $2,000. Unite with the other Alexandrians who have already pledged to build safer pools, a healthier community, a more vibrant future and opportunities for all. Reaching the $2,000 milestone is important to us because it builds on the growing support AAA enjoys in the community.

Donations are already coming in! Add yours to help AAA reach the $2000 goal!

Spring2Action Today!

 

Save the date and Spring2Action on April 20th!

splashwithdash-106-100x100Swimming across a clear blue pool, feeling free and empowered. It’s almost like flying. Too many children in the City of Alexandria never experience it. An estimated 7,500 school-age children in Alexandria don’t know how to swim, and if they are lucky enough to know how, they don’t have affordable, accessible pools to visit. We can change that. We can give our community access to quality public pools for everyone–but we need your help.

Advocates for Alexandria Aquatics (AAA), a non-profit organization with a mission to improve the aquatics facilities in Alexandria, believes that access to quality public pools is a vital part of any community. In collaboration with the City, which has already identified $20 million, AAA has pledged to raise $2.5 million in private sector funds to build a new 50-meter multipurpose pool at Chinquapin Recreation Center.

Spring2ActionlogoTo reach our ultimate goal, we need community-driven action during Spring2Action on April 20th. Our goal of raising just $2,000 from individuals in the community during Spring2Action will help AAA to attract larger corporate gifts and grants needed to reach our $2.5 million goal. It’s easy. You can give online and your gift is tax-deductible.

Why support public pools? It’s a great investment.

  • Currently, in a city of 148,000, there is just one year-round aquatics facility and only two summer pools with limited hours.
  • Too many from our community are at risk for drowning because they lack basic water safety skills.
  • Public pools provide a wonderful place for families of all ages to gather and enjoy a healthy lifestyle.
  • Up-to-date aquatics facilities allow folks of all backgrounds, abilities and incomes an affordable, comfortable, nurturing environment in which to learn or simply enjoy a life-saving skill.
  • If you build them, they will come. We believe attractive, well-maintained facilities are vital to the health and well-being of our community.
  • Swimming is a lifelong activity that promotes dedication, teamwork and sportsmanship. Water therapy and other aquatic activities promote healing and longevity.

We’ve already seen results from our efforts!

  • In just a short time, AAA has worked with the city to rebuild Warwick pool, a once crumbling facility on the verge of permanent closure. The newly rebuilt pool, which will open in 2017, will serve the growing number of families and children in the Warwick, Del Ray, Arlandria and North Ridge neighborhoods.
  • AAA partnered with DASH bus services, sponsors and the city to provide free bus service from the East End of Alexandria to Old Town Pool in summer 2015 so that our under-served population could enjoy outdoor swimming.
  • AAA has played an integral role in bringing the City of Alexandria into USA Swimming Foundation’s Make A Splash initiative to provide learn-to-swim opportunities to minority children.

And our work will not be done with the new 50-meter pool at Chinquapin. We pledge, in partnership with the City of Alexandria, to:

  • Improve existing facilities at Chinquapin and Old Town Pool, and
  • Build a therapeutic pool at the Lee Center.

fuelthepoolovalLet’s keep our city healthy. Let’s get the vibrant pools our city deserves. Please give today.

A suggested $50 donation will get you our custom AAA “Fuel the Pool” car magnet. That’s $50 for a 50-meter pool at Chinquapin. That’s $50 to get 50 more kids to learn water safety. Invest in the health of our city. Help us Fuel the Pool so that our community enjoys the benefits of extraordinary aquatics facilities.

Mark your calendar for Spring2Action on April 20, 2016!

Warwick pool design solicitation issued

The City of Alexandria issued a Request for Proposals (pdf) on March 22nd for the design of the replacement pool at Warwick. This is the first contractual step to getting that new pool open by the summer of 2017! It also shows the impact that AAA has had on aquatics in the City. Instead of just shutting down the old pool for safety concerns, the City and the City Council worked with AAA to identify the funds to build a replacement pool. First Warwick; then Chinquapin; and then Old Town – things are looking up for Alexandria aquatics!

Support for the Chinquapin 50-meter Pool

Below is a letter to the editor of the Alexandria Times published in the March 3rd edition. A user of Chinquapin wrote in on her own stressing the need for the new 50-meter pool at Chinquapin. She is not a member of AAA at the moment, but she sets out the same arguments that we have presented for the new pool – over-crowding; too many users for too small a space; etc. This builds nicely on the recent survey results in the Times showing significant support for the new pool. Anyone else who feels the same way is welcome to write their own letter to the editor.

Read the letter at alextimes.com