Reston Association to Open All 15 Pools for 2024 Season

Reston Association opens all 15 pools for the 2024 season, marking the first time in five years all facilities will be available to members. Newly renovated Lake Thoreau Pool and Shadowood Pool will reopen, with extended hours and no extra recreation pass fees.

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Reston Association to Open All 15 Pools for 2024 Season

Reston Association to Open All 15 Pools for 2024 Season

The Reston Association is set to open all 15 pools for the 2024 season, marking the first time in five years that all facilities will be available to members. The season kicks off on May 12 with the heated pools at North Shore and Ridge Heights opening at 11 a.m. Eight other facilities, including the newly renovated Lake Thoreau Pool, will follow suit on May 25 for Memorial Day weekend. All 15 pools will be open from June 15 to August 11 before the season tapers off as Labor Day approaches.

The Lake Thoreau Pool, located at 2040 Upper Lake Drive, underwent a $3.5 million renovation project that added six lap lanes, a redesigned deck, a bigger parking lot with 25 spaces, an overlook with a pollinator garden, and expanded bathhouses that are now ADA compliant. "We have a ramp, a beach entry, a family restroom, and the bathrooms are all ADA compliant," said Reston Aquatics Facility Manager Nate Wheeler. A grand opening ceremony for the renovated pool will be held on May 24.

The Shadowood Pool at 2201 Springwood Drive is also set to reopen on June 15 after being closed since 2020. The facility underwent renovations that added lap lanes, heaters, interior bathhouse enhancements, and a splash pad in place of the wading pool. The new splash pad will be accessible even when the main pool is not open.

In response to community feedback, the Reston Association has extended the operating hours of the pools, with some sites opening as early as 9 a.m. and closing as late as 9 p.m. depending on the day. Additionally, the RA board adopted a budget that eliminated the fee for recreation passes, which are now available to all members as part of their annual assessment.

The Reston Association is still hiring lifeguards and other staff to support the 15 pools, with about 200 people currently on the aquatics staff and positions still available. "Hiring enough lifeguards and other staff to handle the volume at all 15 pools is always challenging," said RA Communications Director Cara O'Donnell. Anyone interested in a summer job can visit the RA careers page.

With all 15 pools opening, newly renovated facilities, extended hours, and no extra recreation pass fees, the Reston Association is providing enhanced aquatic amenities and greater accessibility for its members this summer season. The staggered opening dates of May 12, May 25, and June 15 will lead up to the full slate of pools being operational from mid-June through mid-August, offering a variety of swimming options for the community to enjoy.