Updated: July 19, 2020
HCRA Pool – Swimming is Cool
HCRA held its regular monthly board meeting on July 17 and thank you to all who attended the meeting via Zoom. At the meeting, the Board approved new diving stands to go with the new diving boards we already purchased. We are planning to install the new equipment for the 2021 pool season.
HCRA has decided to maintain the early closure of the pool season on August 23, 2020. We understand that Fairfax County Public Schools have delayed their start date to after Labor Day Weekend, but a number of our lifeguards are leaving for college in August. Therefore, we will not have sufficient staff in order to operate the pool longer (in the past this gap was covered by international guards who worked all the way until the pool closure, but there are no international guards this year due to COVID-related travel restrictions).
Presented below are some information data points regarding the opening of the pool since June 29 which were presented at the board meeting last night.
- 29 June – Opened hours from 12 pm – 7 pm
- 5 1-hour swim slots, 15 people per slot, 75 people per day
- 3 July – Expanded to 25 people per slot, 125 people per day
- 10 July – Expanded to 35 people per slot, 175 people per day
- 13 July – Expanded hours to 11am – 9 pm
- 5 swim slots expanded to 1hr, 45min each
- Current Capacity is 175 people per day / Current Utilization rate of 65%
Pool Usage Regulations
Just a friendly reminder that the Virginia Phase 3 guidelines require pool users to wear masks except when using the pool -- in particular when passing through the clubhouse as you enter or exit the pool. The use of a mask is also strongly encouraged at all times but it is required when indoors at various establishments. Holding a towel over your face is NOT sufficient. We do have a limited number of masks at the guard desk available for those who forget, but please remember the cost of stocking and distributing those masks comes out of your dues and takes further money from our budget. Please do your part, bring a mask from home and wear it!
SignUp Reservation System
To find your SignUp invitation and reservations, please click on the link below:
A summary of your invitations and reservations in signup.com will be emailed to you. If you don't see an email from SignUp.com after a few minutes, look in your Junk or Spam email folder.
Pool Operating Schedule
HCRA has returned to its normal hours of operation from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm each day. We maintain the reservation system with 5 swim sessions per day of 1-hour and 45-minutes each, with a 15-minute closing/cleaning break. Each swim session is open to free swimming for all patrons, but a couple of lap lanes have been maintained on the deeper side of the pool. There are 35 slots available for reservation each swim session. Patrons may make one reservation per day.
The current operating schedule is:
|Start Time||End Time||Activities|
|11:00 am||12:45 pm||Swimming|
|12:45 pm||1:00 pm||Closing Break/Cleaning|
|1:00 pm||2:45 pm||Swimming|
|2:45 pm||3:00 pm||Closing Break/Cleaning|
|3:00 pm||4:45 pm||Swimming|
|4:45 pm||5:00 pm||Closing Break/Cleaning|
|5:00 pm||6:45 pm||Swimming|
|6:45 pm||7:00 pm||Closing Break/Cleaning|
|7:00 pm||8:45 pm||Swimming|
|8:45 pm||9:00 pm||Closing Break/Cleaning|
Remember the Boring but Important Stuff
Each Wednesday night, HCRA will send out the invitation to the next week's block of reservations. If you have not yet submitted your paperwork, please sign and submit to Board@HCRAFairfax.org the following forms for each household member who wants to use the pool.
Once you have submitted the Release Forms, you will receive an email invitation link to the reservation system. If you need assistance with the reservation system, please click here for Reservation Instructions. Please note that only the members who submitted release forms will be activated in CellBadge.
Also, please make sure that your family is in CellBadge with all valid information and pictures. CellBadge has released a new App and you can find it for mobile devices by clicking the links below. If you require assistance with CellBadge, please click here for CellBadge Instructions.
|CellBadge App for Android|
|CellBadge App for Apple|
Please remember that HCRA has implemented some NEW Supplement Pool Rules for this year.
HCRA has updated the Pool User Acknowledgment form to include two adult signature lines before the minor(s). This form must be signed upon entry to the pool house indicating that they and their family members have no COVID symptoms EACH VISIT. Pre-printed forms from home will be accepted and appreciated to help HCRA save on copy costs.
Next Board Meeting
The Board's next meeting is on Thursday, August 20th which we will be held via ZOOM (registration and login instructions to the meeting can be found on our website's home page).
If you are unable to make the meeting, please submit any questions or comments to Board@HCRAFairfax.org. All emails will be answered as soon as possible.
Please visit our website for current updates throughout the 2020 Summer Season at COVID-19 Updates.
Thank you everyone for working with us and making the pool opening a success. Looking forward to seeing you at the pool.
Stay cool and be healthy
Adrea Marshall, HCRA President