Summer-like heat and humidity arrived just in time for those looking to be among the first to jump into one of the local outdoor pools that opens this weekend.
Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial beginning of summer, means opening weekend for the outdoor pools managed by Loudoun County, the Town of Leesburg and most homeowners associations.
Steve Torpy, director of Loudoun County’s Parks, Recreation & Community Services Department, said the outdoor pools the county oversees are staffed and ready for a crowd of people ready to cool off.
“We’re excited about opening weekend as we always are and certainly hope that folks come out and take advantage of their recreational amenities,” he said. “Because they really are their amenities.”
The county’s outdoor pools at Franklin Park in Purcellville, Lovettsville Community Center and Middleburg Community Center open for the season at 11 a.m. Saturday. See details about hours and fees in the Loudoun County Activity Guide here; scroll down to page 34 for the Aquatics section.
For its opening weekend, the A.V. Symington Aquatic Center at Ida Lee Park in Leesburg will open for general admission from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Town residents will be admitted at 11 a.m. each day.
Through June 14, while school remains in session, the pool will be open on Saturdays and Sundays only from noon to 8 p.m. Beginning on Wednesday, June 15, the outdoor pool will be open daily from noon to 8 p.m., with town residents admitted one hour early.
The A.V. Symington Aquatic Center is one of the most popular in the county. It features a lazy river, a large slide tower with two body flumes, drop slide, 25-yard lap lane, two gang slides, water pipe fall, crossing feature, dumping buckets, little squirt whale and floating snake, as well as a large “beach” area with bubblers and water fountains, concession stand and grass picnic area.
Go to idalee.org for details on passes, special hours and daily admission rates.