The rule wherever I’ve lived has been that pools open on Memorial Day weekend and close on Labor Day, meaning that Labor Day and the closing of pools mark the unofficial closing of summer. Not in Columbia! I have discovered two Columbia Association (CA) pools that remain open past Labor Day.
You read that right. There are two Columbia pools that stay open: Swansfield Pool and Mini-WaterPark and Stevens Forest Pool are open the two weekends past Labor Day. This year’s open dates and hours are September 8, 9, 15 and 16 from noon to 6 p.m. Why are they still open? Because they are the two heated CA pools, thus allowing CA to extend summer for a wee bit longer even though the nights get chilly. Also, there is enough pool staff available to operate the pools.
Is this something new? Nope. I called CA Aquatics to ask about the tradition of keeping the pools open after Labor Day. No one knew the exact number of years this has been tradition, but John Herdson, director of aquatics, says it’s been done for years and years. And I say bravo, CA, for bucking the tradition of closing all pools on Labor Day!
I love that pools are still open after Labor Day. So often in this area it can still be quite hot in September, and a dip in the pool can be a welcome relief. Plus, for kids who find the transition from summer to the school year a bit difficult, this can ease that transition with the last hurrah of summer via some swimming pool fun.
I know my son is going to be thrilled about swimming this weekend. He misses summer already!
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.