Letter from the President July 30,2020

DR Families

In recent weeks, we have made many adjustments to our reservations process to better utilize the pool capacity.  Last week, the Board also made the difficult decision to cancel the August / September memberships for this season.  Although this was a very tough call, the Board felt this was necessary to avoid adding demand to our already overstretched pool capacity.

Because there are still members who have not been able to get reservations, we will be making some additional changes that will go into effect on August 2:

  • Members are allowed 3 advanced reservations per week:
    • ONE reservation, in total, per person per day.
    • This can be either a family FSS reservation OR an individual Lap Lane/Early Bird Shallow End reservation.
    • Any Family who reserves an FSS spot for a given day, may not also make an individual reservation for that same day, even if that individual member did not attend the FSS swim.
    • FSS reservations are for families of two or more, at all times.Example 1, if you book an individual lap lane for even one member on your account then you cannot also book an FSS reservation on the same day.Example 2, if you book an FSS reservation then no other member on your account can book an individual lap lane for that day.
  • “Day of” reservations will be eliminated:
    • Once you have reached your 3 swims per week, you cannot make another reservation.
    • This will allow those that are not as quick to make a reservation a greater opportunity to reserve a spot during the week.
    • We will monitor this daily and make adjustments if needed.
  • EB lap swim will revert to fewer 45 min spots and mainly 30 minute spots so that staff can spend more time to properly clean.

Things to remember

  • Wading pool reservations are for families with small children under the age of 6, and they are required to stay in the wading pool area.
  • Masks must be worn at all times inside the facility (except while in the pool water or while seated in a chair).
  • Please maintain 10 feet of distance from staff as much as possible. Mask are required to speak with a staff member.
  • The lifeguard on the stand is not allowed by the VDH to address any COVID 19 problems; please speak with the manager on duty.
  • Individual lap lane / EB shallow end reservations are per person.
  • Family FSS reservations are for all members on your account.  A minimum of two members are required to attend.
  • Two No-shows for the season will automatically delete all your reservations for all members in your family.
  • Cancellation of reservations for Early Bird hours must be done before 9pm the night before
  • Canceling must be done at least one hour in advance or it will be a considered a NO-SHOW

Those that do not follow the proper protocol will be subject to inactivation of your account. We know that the vast majority of you are doing your best to follow these rules. Please be considerate of all other members and cancel in advance.  In most cases, someone else will be waiting to take that spot.

Finally, to ensure the safety of all our members, we have added a link to report any COVID 19 symptoms and/or confirmed diagnosis for our membership.  Please email COVID19reporting@drra.org.

Best Regards,

Bob Hutchison
President, DRRA

Reservation for week Aug 2 until end of season

  • One reservation per person per day ONLY, pick between FSS or a lap lane /EB Shallow End for a single person.
  • FSS is for  FAMILIES WITH MULTIPLE MEMBERS to reserve( no single-family person allowed in FSS). sign up per account 
  • (Individual Lap Swim/EB Shallow OR FSS per day ).

The reservation system will be unavailable each Saturday from 2:30 pm-3 pm to update the schedules. The system will go live at 3 pm to reserve for all facilities for the following week.

Reservations Instructions

New, phase 3 changes take effect 7/19/20 . Lap swim as been removed for FSS (one reservation for all on your account)  and now are booked by individual reservation. More FSS and lap swim times during dive practice times have been added  (sorry no dive boards available). Please contact reservations@drra.org with questions regarding reservations.

For more information on how to make a reservation, watch the video below:
DR Reservations Tutorial

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Three advance reservations per week, ( One reservation per family (FSS), as well as one individual reservation for Adult Lap Swim and Adult Water Walking per day. After 9 pm (if you have used your advance reservations quota for the week and have NOT met you quota for the day ) you can reserve for the following day open spots.* Adult Lap Swim and Adult Water Walking/Free Swim is for ADULTS ONLY.

Letter From President 7/09/20 (Updated 7/18)
Dear DRRA Families –

Great news! With VA moving into Phase 3, the Governor and the Arlington County Board will permit us to allow more families in the pool starting on July 11. This message contains important information on how DRRA will be operating. Please carefully read the entire email.

First, we still face restrictions on the number of individuals allowed in the pool water. However, the maximum number of people allowed inside the fence will increase from 30% to 75% of regular capacity.

Second, we are still required to conduct the COVID-19 screenings before you enter the front gate. If you are sick or do not pass the screen, you will not be allowed in the facility. Like Phase 2, you will still have to leave after your reservation time is over (so we do not exceed maximum limits and risk County Health Officials shutting the pool down). You will still need to wear a mask when you are within 10 feet of non-family members on the property or if you are walking around or want to use the bathrooms, which will still have limitations on the number allowed. Staff will continue to wear masks when facing customers. We must continue the rigorous cleaning procedures, including cleaning and disinfecting some items (chairs, phones) after each use and cleaning and disinfecting the facility every two hours. The snack bar will remain closed for the summer. No food is allowed in the facility and only water is allowed on the pool deck. Also, no food deliveries are allowed.

The use of bathrooms remains the same. Please shower before you come and apply sunscreen before entering the front gate, lockers remain closed and there is still no showering as you depart.

Third, for those of you who use the pool more frequently, we are still requiring one-way traffic: You will enter at the front gate where you will check-in, walk around the snack bar walkway, and go to your assigned space. You then exit via the back gate or up the handicapped walkway to the front gate. There is signage directing you.

But there is good news!

The wading pool will be open for reservations, one family at a time for a one-hour time slot. To enter the wading pool, you are required to walk down to the main deck and then proceed on the handicapped walkway up to the wading pool. There will be no access from the traditional path of walking across the guard station and behind the bathroom doors.
Families members will be exempt from social distancing at the pool, while in their designated section of the pool and deck area.
Free swim will be allowed (ten feet apart from non-family members is required).
updated 7/17/20- lap swimming will continue with reservations with 2 people per lane for all lanes . No more 3 people in a lane.
updated 7/17/20 Group lessons and clinics are no longer bur FSS and lap swim added. 
We have added a “Family Sun and Swim” activity, where members reserve portions of the pool once a day. The reservation will be assigned to your DRRA member number and may include all family members on your membership account. All family members attending on the Family Sun and Swim reservation are expected to arrive and exit at the same time. Lounge chairs/tables will be assigned to each pool section, which will be clearly marked.
You will be allowed one lap swim (offer to adults only)  per member each day in addition to one family swim per membership per day. Three advance reservations per week. “Day of” reservations for available space will not count toward your three limits per week. However double booking for Family Sun and Swim on the same day is prohibited, so all DRRA members will have an opportunity to participate.
The state and county continue to require a “Safe zone” for staff which is closed to the members. Our Safe zone is behind women’s bathroom to end of bathhouse building by the equipment room. This is why the traditional wading pool entrance remains closed.
Please check the website and complete your reservations for pool usage. The Wading pool and Family Sun and Swim activities will be open to families with children of all ages.

We truly appreciate your consideration and flexibility, as the Board, Pool Management, and Staff is working hard to give all members access to the pool in these unusual circumstances. Any questions should be directed to the front desk during operation hours 703-522-3115.

Problems booking a reservation (non-complaints) reservations@drra.org.

Problems with operations manager@drra.org

Best Regards,

Bob Hutchison
President, DRRA Board of Directors

Letter From President

Dear Donaldson Run Families –

In preparation for moving to a new swim reservations process, all active members must accept the COVID-19 waiver in our on-line membership system. We have set up the COVID-19 waiver just like annual dues registration. All of your Accounts have been set to “Unpaid” to trigger this process. When you log in, you will receive a message saying:

Your Account is not paid for the current season. To make a payment click here.

Click on the link to review and accept the COVID-19 waiver for all members on your account. There is no charge as all of your accounts are already paid in full. Select any payment method to review and submit your order. The payment method will be ignored. Upon completion, your account will be set back to “Paid” status, and you will have access to the new swim reservations process when it is launched later this week.

PLEASE NOTE: You will not be able to reserve swim time without first accepting the COVID-19 waiver on-line.

If you have any trouble with this process, please send an email to drrapool@drra.org.

Best Regards,

Bob Hutchison

Pool Open June 1

Dear Donaldson Run Families –

DRRA will open on Monday, June 1st in accordance with Phase 1 of Governor Northam’s Forward Virginia Guidelines which restrict the use of the pool to swimming only, one swimmer per lane. All other amenities are unavailable during Phase 1, including, but not limited to diving boards, the baby pool, basketball, boot camp, water aerobics, private swim & dive lessons, snack bar services, lounging on the pool deck, and all social events.

The SignUpGenius reservation system opens Sunday, May 31st at 3:00 p.m.  Access here: Swimming Reservations

Reservations to swim are required and can be made 1 day in advance starting at 3:00 p.m.

A SignUpGenius account is not required to use the system. A link can also be found in the Log In section of www.drra.org. A free SignUpGenius Mobile App is available at the AppStore or GooglePlay. The creator email address is reservations@drra.org.

Reservations require members to agree to waive, release, and hold harmless DRRA, its Board members, directors, officers, agents, employees, staff, vendors and volunteers from all claims relating to COVID-19 arising out of the use of DRRA by you or individuals included in your Membership. The full text of the waiver is included on the DRRA web-site through this link:  DRRA COVID-19 Waiver.

The following reservation instructions are online as well:

  • A family member ages 18 or above must make the reservations for any individuals in their membership under age 18, due to acknowledgment of the Waiver.
  • Swimmers must be at least 8 years old and must be able to 1) swim independently, 2) not use lane lines for support, and 3) stay alone in their assigned lane.
  • Your MEMBER ID is required to make a reservation.
  • Swimming is by online reservation only; no phone calls or emails.
  • One swimmer per lane. (VA Governors Executive Order)
  • Each individual must have their own reservation.
  • Each individual is limited to 1 swim per day, and no more than 4 swims per week (Sunday thru Saturday).
  • Reservation time slots are 45-min; the pool will be cleared by 40-min after the hour, due to policies and procedures that must be followed due to Phase 1 of Governor Northam’s Executive Order.
  • Late arrivals may not extend their reservation past the time originally allotted.
  • No rain checks for missed reservations or shortened swims due to inclement weather.
  • If you cannot attend at your reserved time, you must cancel online. “No Shows” who do not cancel in advance online will be limited in making future reservations.
  • No substitutions. Only the individual who matches the swimmer’s name on the reservation may enter.
  • Only individuals with reservations will be allowed inside the gates. Accompanying family members and/or nannies must wait in the parking lot; they may not congregate near the entry or exit.

Please plan on responding to health screening questions and a temperature scan at the pool. Detailed information about this and more can be found in the online system.

Best Regards,

Bob Hutchison

Adult Social

All social events are cancelled until further notice due to COVID 19