Every day my son and I walk by our local pool to get to his elementary school. One day in early May we saw the pool being cleaned out. The next day the pool was clean and filled with water. My son was ready then and there to go to the pool. Why not go? What does he know about the Memorial Day weekend pool opening rules?
Memorial Day weekend finally arrived and unlike some years, this year the weather was just right. It was hot and humid and perfect pool weather. We went as a family both Sunday and Monday, and we thoroughly enjoyed the cool soak.
We moved to Columbia during the winter. It was the pools that got us to sign up for the CA membership. While we had moved from an area where we could belong to a group of five pools, we were happy to learn that with CA you get membership with 23 outdoor pools and indoor pools! We had initially assumed that you just joined the most local pool, as it is in most places I’ve lived the last couple decades.
And do you know what was even more amazing to us? We would pay less to join all these pools than we paid for our family of four to go to the single neighborhood pool that we had belonged to before we moved.
We mostly walk to our local pool, but we do go to a few others for a change. Both my boys especially loved the Swansfield Mini-WaterPark. My older son liked the big slide while my younger son, still a non-swimmer, found the splashpad (the sprinkler play area) a big hit. Maybe this summer I will think about trying out all the pools. I met this man whose family bikes to all the 23 pools every summer. That sounds like a really fun tradition!
Melissa Sinclair works in the Communications & Engagement Division at Columbia Association (CA). Melissa recently moved to Columbia with her three-generation family. She has lived in more than a dozen cities and is looking forward to making Columbia, Md., her permanent home! Over the past year she has worked on losing weight, getting fit and doing volunteer work; she is now looking forward to working for CA after staying home with her family for the last several years. Melissa has a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and a master’s degree in educational administration. Click here to read more of Melissa’s Getting to Know CA series.