As the temperature drops, it’s time to break out the mid-season jackets, sharpen the pumpkin-carving knives, and, sadly, close up the pool for the winter. Lucky Arlingtonians have access to three indoor pools to swim laps or take classes. The List checked in with Arlington’s public indoor pools to assess their aesthetics, atmosphere, and toy selection.
Atmosphere: Utilitarian design and parents on the bleachers give it neighborhood feel
Temperature: Downright tropic
Aesthetic: No-frills small gray tiles and soft lighting
Chlorine smell intensity: 8/10
Lifeguards: One in a chair
Fun fact: Olympian Tom Dolan swam here
Loses points for: Ladies locker room leaves something to be desired
Washington and Lee
Atmosphere: Cavernous, high-energy temple to swimming complete with house music
Temperature: Warm with a breeze circulating
Aesthetics: Walls checkered in pale yellow and gray; large latte-colored tiles on the floor
Chlorine smell intensity: 6/10
Lifeguards: One in a chair, one on foot between the two pools
Toys: Kickboards, noodles
Fun fact: According to employee: “We have birthday parties that rock.”
Loses points for: School is huge! Pool is hard to find.
Atmosphere: Vintage without feeling dingy
Aesthetics: Late ‘60s color scheme of gray, pistachio and vanilla
Chlorine smell intensity: 7/10
Lifeguards: One stern guard in a chair (“Walk, please”)
Toys: Excellent selection, including noodles, fins, kickboards, and hand paddles
Fun fact: Staff says this is the last winter to use the Wakefield pool, which is the oldest of the three and will be replaced by two soon to be constructed pools
Loses points for: Its clocks aren't as big or numerous as the other pools'