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Old 05-06-2010, 06:31 AM
 
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Where can I go to swim outdoors/get some sun before Memorial Day in Northern VA? It seems most places open after Memorial Day?? Thanks!!
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Old 05-06-2010, 10:16 AM
 
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Where can I go to swim outdoors/get some sun before Memorial Day in Northern VA? It seems most places open after Memorial Day?? Thanks!!
If it's a public pool, you will have to wait until after Memorial Day...only private pools can be used prior...unless things have changed.
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Old 05-06-2010, 07:40 PM
 
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If it's a public pool, you will have to wait until after Memorial Day...only private pools can be used prior...unless things have changed.
What, is there some law about that?
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Old 05-07-2010, 08:13 AM
 
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What, is there some law about that?
Well...I don't know if there is an actual law on the books but it's what I remember from living in Virginia as a child. Public pools (including clubs) opened Memorial Day weekend and closed Labor Day weekend.
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Old 05-07-2010, 10:41 AM
 
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Well...I don't know if there is an actual law on the books but it's what I remember from living in Virginia as a child. Public pools (including clubs) opened Memorial Day weekend and closed Labor Day weekend.
Wonder if climate change will change that. Lots of nice weekends in May and September when it would be nice to have them open. The problem back here is neighborhood pools require lifeguards which are tough to com by other than in the summer. Many communities out west where i come from have "swim at your own risk" policies. I guess because they're better swimmers and the pool management companies haven't taken over the county health departments. I've noticed people back here are much more regulated as to what they do at certain times of the year. I remember being unable to get ice cream at Orioles Park because as it was explained to me, "it was before Memorial Day".
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Old 05-07-2010, 12:12 PM
 
Location: NW Orlando
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Wonder if climate change will change that. Lots of nice weekends in May and September when it would be nice to have them open. The problem back here is neighborhood pools require lifeguards which are tough to com by other than in the summer. Many communities out west where i come from have "swim at your own risk" policies. I guess because they're better swimmers and the pool management companies haven't taken over the county health departments. I've noticed people back here are much more regulated as to what they do at certain times of the year. I remember being unable to get ice cream at Orioles Park because as it was explained to me, "it was before Memorial Day".
I used to get really mad when it was still hot in September and even October but we couldn't swim because the pool was closed! I don't know if the climate change will help to change it or not but remember...the pool season has to to with most schools' summer vacation. I knew lots of people in high school who would be at the pool or lake if it was open earlier...skipping school to swim.
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Old 05-07-2010, 03:37 PM
 
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I used to get really mad when it was still hot in September and even October but we couldn't swim because the pool was closed! I don't know if the climate change will help to change it or not but remember...the pool season has to to with most schools' summer vacation. I knew lots of people in high school who would be at the pool or lake if it was open earlier...skipping school to swim.
If you're talking about community pools, it's up to the contract they sign with the management company. I was on a pool board once and we looked into keep it open for some weekends in September, but of course it would have added on to the cost of the contract, and then it's a gamble with the weather. Plus, the whole issue of having life guards as most of them are high schoolers or college and are back in school. It's just not worth the risk for the cost involved.
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Old 05-09-2010, 07:07 PM
 
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I used to get really mad when it was still hot in September and even October but we couldn't swim because the pool was closed! I don't know if the climate change will help to change it or not but remember...the pool season has to to with most schools' summer vacation. I knew lots of people in high school who would be at the pool or lake if it was open earlier...skipping school to swim.
I know you hear that crap that before Memorial Day and after Labor Day it is unfashionable or unhealthy to swim (except, of course, in Florida or Hawaii or some tropical place), but in reality many of the lifeguards are young and in college or latter part of high school, so probably away at school and hard to stock pools with lifeguards "out of (summer) season" and probably not economical, as well. If you are close to a clean lake or resevoir (in Southwest Virginia, South Holston certainly fits this bill) and the water temperatures are reasonably high (usually swimmable from May, sometimes late April, until late September or early October) then by all means, utilize it.
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