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2020 Season

Several DT Board officers met with our pool management company, HIgh Sierra Pools (HSP), today to go over the scenarios for opening DT for summer 2020. HSP is trying to line up life guards and pool managers, but with the travel ban from Europe, those activities have been delayed. If any high schoolers are interested in life guarding this summer, please see the attached flier.

Given the volatility in how the coronavirus is spreading, it is very difficult to determine the impact on our summer season. It is our current hope that if everyone follows the CDC guidelines and maintains social distancing rules, we will have enough time to get the pool open for Memorial Day Weekend. As you know, there are many variables that play into an on-time opening, many are out of our control.

We have a meeting with HSP again in a couple of weeks. We hope that by then there will be a clearer road map for opening the pool. We will keep you informed as soon as we have more news.

I think we all will need the comfort and joy of Dowden Terrace Pool as soon as we can get it. We put in a really nice party patio this past week on the upper level above the pavilion. I can't wait to host a party there.

If you have questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me. We are making plans for as many scenarios as possible, and remaining hopeful for the best outcome. In the meantime, please wash your hands a lot and practice social distancing. If you feel sick, stay home and away from family members.

See you at the pool (soon, I hope).

Michael and the DT Board

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Welcome To Dowden Terrace Pool

We are planning for the upcoming 2020 Summer Season. While Dowden Terrace Pool hibernates for the winter, you are welcome to look around our site and make plans for next summer. If you are not yet a member, please sign up on our wait list. Any questions can be directed to Susan Stickles, Membership Chair at dt.pool.membership@gmail.com.

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Hours of Operation

Pool Hours: 

Opening Date TBD -- 11am to 9pm

Check the calendar for swim meets and other events that may alter the opening or closing time. 

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Bad Weather - Call Ahead

Heavy rain and thunderstorms may require us to temporarily close DT Pool for safety. Our policy is to wait 30 minutes after the last sound of thunder, or 45 minutes after the last lightening before re-opening the pool. Call ahead to DT Pool at (703) 998-9761 to determine the operating status.  We will also try to post weather announcements on Twitter -- follow us @dtdolphinsva

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Dowden Terrace is a member-run pool -- our rates are low because members volunteer their time to help the pool succeed. The Board is looking for members to volunteer for a variety of tasks to keep the pool running smoothly.  Please see the attached link Board Members for more detail.

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Grills and Kitchen

Please remember that the kitchen and grills are there for everyone's use and clean up after each use.  

Please wipe up any greasy messes around the grills and remember to check the grease catches below the grills BEFORE you start cooking. 

Extra propane tanks are in the white steel cage near the ping pong table. Set used tanks outside the cage. 

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Vending Machine

Never fear, the Vending Machine is fully stocked and operational once more!  Proceeds support the Swim Team.  

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Water Safety

The Board wanted to share some water safety articles for basic safety tips. These were certainly eye opening for me as contrary to the Hollywood portrayal of a drowning, it is often silent and very little splashing.

http://www.nhwatersafety.com/drowningprevention.htm

http://www.today.com/health/drowning-often-quick-silent-how-spot-someone-trouble-6C10223428

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DT Dolphin Swim Team

Our Dowden Terrace Dolphins Swim Team has a long and proud involvement with the Northern Virginia Swim League (NVSL), joining the league in 1958 in the "South" division. The swim team has always been a strong competitor as well as a neighborhood focal point.

The DT Swim Team is open to Dowden Terrace members only.  For more information about the upcoming 2018 season, visit the DT Dolphins Home Page, or contact Swim Team Representative Erin Conaton (dtdolphins@gmail.com).

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