Snow outside, warm water inside.

pool.JPGrumsey.JPGOut in the ‘burbs where I live, a pool is a hot commodity for those three summer months they’re open. A friend of mine in Fairfax gets a pass for one in a neighboring apartment complex… for over $100.
If he was a DC resident he could just go swim for free, and year round to boot. One of the better kept secrets in the District is that admission to the William H Rumsey Aquatic Center is FREE for District residents. Non-residents can use the facilities for $5 but it’s those of you who live in those 68.25 square miles that get the great deal.
If you remember paying $4, you’re not insane. Fees were lifted in late August this year and will continue to be waived till Sept. 30, 2006, thanks to a donation from Kaiser Permanente. Rumsey isn’t the only indoor pool – the District’s Emergency Management Agency webpage (don’t ask me – I just report this stuff) lists several indoor pools which should also be fee-free.
I’d advise calling ahead for the hours. When I looked at the sign at WHR a few weeks ago it indicated 6:30a-10a, 12p-5p and 6:30p-9p for weekday hours and 10a-5p Saturday and Sunday which is notably difference from the webpage above.

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