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For Immediate Release: Feb. 18, 2009

APS and Arlington County Seek Public Views on Aquatics Programs and Services

The Arlington community is invited to join other pool patrons to contribute views on the operation, services, and programs to be offered at Arlington's three swimming pools, and most specifically, at the soon-to-be opened new Washington-Lee High School aquatics facility. A community forum is scheduled on March 12 at the Education Center Board Room from 7-9 p.m. The Education Center is located at 1426 N. Quincy St.

The opening of the new pool presents an opportunity to evaluate current governance and decision-making about the use and operation of all Arlington aquatic facilities. The Aquatics Committee of the Sports Commission is working closely with staff from APS and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources (PRCR) to explore ways to enhance service delivery for the entire aquatics community.

The views of all stakeholders are welcomed on current and future operations and services at Arlington's public pools, including operating hours, types of programs and public access fees.

Speakers will be called on a first-come, first-served basis, and depending on the number of speakers, time for comments may be limited. Speakers are encouraged to sign up in advance by e-mailing hmachado@arlington.k12.va.us. If the demand for opportunities to comment cannot be accommodated during this session, the committee will assess additional means to receive input, including the option to schedule another meeting.

Come learn more about the new Washington-Lee facility, and provide your thoughts to the committee on issues specific to service delivery.

For more information, contact aquatic facilities manager Helena Machado at hmachado@arlington.k12.va.us or Ward Foley at wfoley@arlingtonva.us with the PRCR.