This is to remind everyone that pool hours tomorrow, July 4th, are from 11-6 pm, as is posted on the website. Also, since we are still in Phase 2 tomorrow, the first two hours the pool is open (11-1) is reserved for 18+ only, and the pool may be used only for lap swimming and diving by reservation.
Under Phase 3 beginning Monday, the normal Summer schedule will continue to be in effect. The pool will be open from 11-9 daily, with the exception of Sundays, when the pool is open from 12-9. This will continue until Fairfax County schools go back into session.
Also, there have been some questions about our transition into Phase 3. Please see below for some answers and additional information.
During Phase 3, the first hour the pool is open (not first 2 hours as in Phase 2) will be reserved for lap swimmers 18 and over. However, the baby pool will be open by reservation, and members/families with kids below the age of 18 are allowed on pool grounds during this first hour. The pool will open for free swim after the first hour, and the number of lap lanes will be reduced to three.
At this time, we will not be using a reservation system for lap swimming. We will reevaluate this and the number of lap lanes required as we observe how Phase 3 goes. While we do not anticipate full lap lanes, if you are concerned about the number of swimmers, you can always call ahead to the front desk to find out how full they are.
The pool will revert to our usual practice, as described in our pool rules, of swimming breaks for swimmers 14 and under for 15 minutes before the hour to the hour (except during the first hour the pool is open that is limited to adult lap swimming).
As previously announced, there will be no guest passes allowed this summer. This was a decision made in the interest of the safety and well being of all our members and life guards. Any guest passes that were purchased as part of your membership will be rolled over to next season.
As we said in the last email, we will be putting out a limited number of chairs and lounge chairs for use by members. We will not be putting out our full stock of chairs at this time, as all of this requires additional cleaning by the life guards. We continue to encourage you to bring your own chairs if you desire. Again, we will reevaluate this as we observe how Phase 3 goes.
In order to keep the pool deck clear to allow for social distancing in and around the pool, we will not be placing chairs on the deck. Please relax after your swim in the grassy areas.
Lastly, we want to reiterate the importance of social distancing and the wearing of face masks as we transition. Face masks are required upon entering and exiting the facility, and when proper social distance cannot be maintained on the grounds. We are excited to be able to offer wider and more open access to the pool and grounds under Phase 3, but it's very important that everyone consider their safety and the safety of others and our community as we go through this together.
Thank you again for your support of Woodley Pool.
We are pleased to announce that Woodley Pool will be transitioning to Phase 3 operations under the State's Forward Virginia guidelines, beginning Monday, July 6th. That means the Pool will continue to operate under Phase 2 guidance through Sunday, July 5th. If you would like to read the Forward Virginia Phase 3 guidelines, you can find them here. Meanwhile, please see below for details about pool operations and safety requirements under Phase 3.
Refund Deadline Reminder DEAR SHAREHOLDERS AND MEMBERS:
We want to thank everyone who has purchased a membership this year. We understand that many of you purchased memberships as a way to support the pool in a year where the pool will take a financial loss, and we greatly appreciate that. As we said back in April, Woodley has one of the most generous refund policies of any pool in our area, and we encouraged everyone to buy in light of that policy. As we move through the Summer, we continue to take steps to reopen under Virginia's reopening guidelines, and provide greater value for your membership.
In the spirit of transparency, we want to remind you that Woodley's refund policy requires that members requesting refunds must do so by the 11th day of the swim season for those who purchased prior to opening day. For those who purchased a membership after the pool opened, they may request a refund by the 11th day of their membership.
The pool opened on June 15th; therefore, for those who purchased prior to opening day, refund requests must be received before midnight tonight, no exceptions. For shareholders, you may request to pay the inactive fee in lieu of maintaining your membership for this season. For those considering requesting a refund, we hope that you will consider keeping your membership as a way to support the pool and our community during these difficult times.
Thank you again for your support of Woodley Pool.
The Woodley Swim Team is happy to announce that we have organized a swim practice program in lieu of the NVSL cancellation. We plan to begin this 5-week program on Monday, June 29th and end on Saturday, July 31st. We have developed a swim season to offer swimmers guidance on stroke mechanics, conditioning, and overall physical aquatic development. Having said that, this is going to be a very scaled down version of what our team is used to. We recognize that this swim practice program will not resemble the usual fast-paced and activity packed summer swim team is used to. But it will provide an opportunity for our swimmers to get in the water and work on their stroke development and see their friends (from a safe distance). Please read through the attached document.
You must be a registered member of Woodley Pool to join the swim team.
Registration will open on our TeamUnify website tomorrow, Saturday, June 20, 2020. We only have 60 spots available.
Following clarifying discussions with the County and our pool management company, we are pleased to announce that beginning Monday, June 22nd, we will expand capacity on pool grounds for non-swimmers. We are limited to half our normal capacity, and must ensure that lap swimmers and divers who have reserved slots continue to have access. Therefore, we can accommodate 90 non-swimmers on the pool grounds. If we hit capacity, then only lap swimmers and divers with reservations will be able to enter the grounds at that point.
The rules regarding use of the pool itself have not changed. The use of the pool in Phase 2 is limited to lap swimming and diving, by reservation. Members may call the front desk if they need help with reservations.
Members must still practice social distancing per CDC and VDH guidelines.
Members must still bring their own chairs.
At this time, we will not require reservations to be on the pool grounds as a non-swimmer.
The first two hours the pool is open each day remains limited to members 18 and over.
We will continue to work with our management company and the County to look for ways to further expand permissible uses of the pool and amenities.
Use of kick-boards and fins while swimming laps is OK, but other flotation devices, balls, toys, etc, are not.
WOODLEY POOL OPENING DEAR SHAREHOLDERS AND MEMBERS:
Following the Governor's announcement that Northern Virginia may move into Phase 2 this weekend, we are pleased to announce that Woodley Pool will be opening on Monday, June 15th. The Board, our management company, and other volunteers will be working through the weekend to get everything ready. As a reminder, the State has emphasized that the purpose of Phase 2 activities at pools is exercise, and social distancing must still be practiced. Play or recreational swimming is not allowed. The pool will open for lap swimming and diving, under the following capacity restrictions:
We hope this email finds everyone healthy and safe. We are excited to share with you the news that we will be opening the pool under Virginia's Phase 2 guidelines, once Northern Virginia enters Phase 2, which should be in a week or two. Whether that means we can open on June 13th as previously planned will depend on the timing of the move to Phase 2, but we believe we are close.
EARLY BIRD PRICING ENDS MAY 15 REMINDER: Early Bird pricing ends at midnight on Friday, May 15th. That is tomorrow! Do not delay! Click the REGISTER button at the bottom of this email to register today!
***If you have already registered for the season and are sending in your payment by mail, PLEASE NOTE that your check must be postmarked by May 15th to qualify for the Early Bird rate.
Woodley Recreation Association Message to Membership Regarding the 2020 Season
Dear Woodley Shareholders and Members: As we navigate these uncertain times, we wanted to communicate with you about the status of the 2020 summer season at Woodley Pool, and what the Board is doing to prepare. First, we want to express our hope that everyone in the Woodley family remains safe and healthy, and that your spirits remain high. Second, we know that you have questions about the pool’s status as we endure this lock down and social distancing, and we want to answer as best we can, understanding this is a fluid situation. We ask for your patience as we confront these unprecedented challenges. The idea of the pool not opening, or opening late, is very difficult for all of us who love Woodley Pool and the summer experience we value so highly—spending time with family and friends, reestablishing old bonds, and making new friends as our community comes together. Below are answers to the most frequent questions we have received.
Will the pool open? As you know, Governor Northam issued a State-wide stay-at-home order on March 30th effective until June 10th. While we