This Week @ Rock Creek is back! New for 2018!

With a new pool comes a new This Week@Rock Creek, our regular update of happenings at Rock Creek Pool.

Thank you all for your patience with our off then on opening. It’s great to see our beautiful renovated pool with so many people! A huge shout-out to Iain Gold, our pool president, and Patrick Moffitt, our board member who led the construction efforts. Enjoy the new walk-in wading pool! Were the fountains on when you visited? We’ll take the next few weeks to touch up and get through a punch list and straighten out a few loose ends, but the pool is open and summer is underway…

HOURS

For Hours of Operation, check out the calendar! Note the pool opens at 3:30pm on school days … only a few more weeks!

SOCIAL EVENTS

This Friday, It’s Teen Night at the Movies!

Come out to the pool THIS FRIDAY (June 1) for our first movie night and happy hour. Our movie selection is the classic “Stand By Me.” You should know this is rated “R” for cursing, some crude humor and a few intense scenes. It may not be suitable for younger viewers. Happy Hour (for the adults) starts at 7 p.m., and the movie (again, may not be suitable for younger kids) starts at 8 p.m.

Trivia Tuesdays Round One — June 5

Tuck a thinking cap under your swim cap this summer as Trivia Tuesdays kicks off this Tuesday, June 5. This casual evening of Q&As is a fun way to meet new friends and put your knowledge of useless information to the test. Anyone is welcome to play; there will be questions for people of all ages. Details are here: https://rockcreek.membersplash.com/2018/05/22/trivia-tuesdays/

Tennis Programs Kicks Off

Check out this season’s tennis programs provided onsite by the Georgetown Prep Tennis Club. Interested, but have a scheduling conflict? Alex Karpenski, the director of their services here at RCP, has a flexible schedule and may be able to plan around what works best for you.

GIVE SOME TIME TO ROCK CREEK’S SOCIAL 2018 — WE NEED YOU!

As you know, our pool is run by a completely volunteer board, and all of the fun activities we like to do at the pool require even more volunteers. We are about to kick off another great season at the pool and WE NEED YOU! The social committee has been working to keep our activities fresh and fun, and your ideas and suggestions are also always welcome!

And remember, if you sign up as a volunteer to host a social event, you will win these AMAZING prizes!

  • Reserved table at the event you host–your choice!
  • Reserved parking spot in the upper lot the whole day of the event
  • Recognition and R-E-S-P-E-C-T
  • The feeling of making everyone who attends your event HAPPY!

For more information and to sign up, go here: https://rockcreek.membersplash.com/2018/05/29/we-need-you-sign-up-with-social-2018-3/

FINS SWIM AND DIVE TEAMS

Swim and Dive Teams have started! Practices have started for both the swim and dive team… For more information, check out each team’s FAQ under “Teams and Activities.”

GUEST PASSES

New this year! Daily Guest Passes can be purchased by credit card at the pool front desk. You are encouraged to keep passes on your account so they are available when your family brings visitors. (This is especially important if you have teenagers.) As in the past, we recommend purchasing passes in advance by logging into your account, selecting “Membership, Payments & Purchases”. Also please note:

  • Daily Guest Passes carry over from previous seasons so you can view the number on your account to see if you need more.
  • Immediate family members who live with you in your home (not extended houseguests) are included in your dues. All other non-member individuals (caregivers, au pairs, cousins, international students, extended family, etc.) living in your household must pay a fee of $50 per person for the season or use $5 Daily Guest Passes for intermittent visits to accompany your children to the pool regardless of whether they swim.
  • We still accept checks but please do not ask the guards to take cash.
  • Be sure to check-in all family members and guests at the front desk each time you visit the pool so that we are in compliance with insurance regulations.

We’ll have more for you as the season gets underway. For now, see you on deck!

Suggestions? Comments? Complaints? Send them to communications@rockcreekpool.com. (Praise? Send that to president@rockcreekpool.com.)

FINS swim & dive team registration is now open!

Registration for the Rock Creek swim and dive teams is now open! For more information and to register, click on “Teams and Activities”

Both the swim and dive teams emphasize fun! Not sure? Watch this slide show for the 2017 swim team for a sense of how much fun you’ll have on both teams (member login required).

WE NEED YOU! Sign up with Social 2018

As you know, our pool is run by a completely volunteer board, and all of the fun activities we like to do at the pool require even more volunteers. We are about to kick off another great season at the pool and WE NEED YOU! The social committee has been working to keep our activities fresh and fun, and your ideas and suggestions are also always welcome!

And remember, if you sign up as a volunteer to host a social event, you will win these AMAZING prizes!

  • Reserved table at the event you host–your choice!
  • Reserved parking spot in the upper lot the whole day of the event
  • Recognition and R-E-S-P-E-C-T
  • The feeling of making everyone who attends your event HAPPY!

In case you’re not sure what’s involved if you volunteer, here’s what it’s like to host a happy hour at the pool:

  1. You go buy food and drinks
  2. You roll up to your RESERVED parking spot the day of the event
  3. You set your family up at your RESERVED table
  4. You set up the event table(s) with your food and drinks
  5. You make your fellow pool members HAPPY while having fun yourself!
  6. You submit your receipts for a QUICK reimbursement

See, it’s easy!

Sign up — we would love to have all of the host slots filled by May 19th, so sign up early.

Thank you in advance!

trivia team

Trivia Tuesdays

Tuck a thinking cap under your swim cap this summer as Trivia Tuesdays comes to Rock Creek Pool!

This casual evening of questions and answers is a great way to have fun, meet new pool friends and put your knowledge of useless information to the test. Anyone is welcome to play; there will be questions for people of all ages.

Here’s how it works:

  • There are three rounds planned for the season: June 5, July 17 and August 14.
  • Each round will have a team winner based on total amount of points earned. In addition, we’ll keep a tally of participants and we will recognize our top scoring players at the end of the season.
  • To play, simply show up 20 minutes or so before the appointed start time. The games will start promptly so we have time to finish before the pool closes, so do not be late if you can help it.
    • If you arrive after we start, we’ll try our best to fit you into a table.
  • When you arrive, you’ll sign in so we can record your participation. Signing in awards you 5 points toward your individual season score.
  • At the time, we will assign you to a table. We plan to evenly distribute players and also mix people up a bit, so it’s possible that couples could be assigned to competing teams.
    • The idea here is to meet new folks and to have fun but we won’t be Draconian about it.
  • Questions will be general knowledge and cover a gamut of subjects, including science, entertainment, literature, politics, current affairs, sports and pop culture. There will be no math.
  • While these are not events where we’ll provide complimentary food and drink, we encourage you to bring something for you and your teammates to enjoy.

Round One is Tuesday, June 5 at 6:30 p.m.

Good luck and happy quizzing!

 

trivia team

trivia team

trivia team

 

 

2018 Tennis Program! Register now for Spring and Summer Sessions!

Don’t let the bitter cold wind fool you, Spring is just around the corner. Georgetown Prep Tennis Club is once again offering Rock Creek Pool members a series of programs for juniors and adults. Check out their flyer (below) for details, or register online at www.gpreptennisclub.com!
At their, site, click on “Auxiliary Clubs” to find the Rock Creek offerings and to complete the online registration.

UPDATE: Pool Opens SUNDAY at NOON

Hey Rock Creek Pool Families!!! The Pool is Opening Sunday, May 27 at Noon!

It’s been a wild past few days but as a result of some above and beyond efforts by our contractor Elite Pools and their water supplier CL Pitcher, who worked through Friday night/Saturday morning to fill the pool, we will be able to open at noon on Sunday, May 27.

We aren’t quite ready to host a BBQ for Memorial Day, but our Social Team will host a Happy Hour on Monday around 4-6pm.

With that said, we do you need your patience and understanding with the state of the modernization. The improvements you will notice are:

  1. the additional two lanes;
  2. the expanded wading area (complete with steps across the entire entry);
  3. the new baby pool and baby pool area with nice fencing and new furniture;
  4. the new covered structure with new furniture;
  5. the new drains that replace the dreaded pebbles; and
  6. the outdoor food prep area with plenty of counter space and a sink.

There are some projects that are not yet complete or ready for wear and tear.

  1. Main Seating Area. First and foremost our main seating area had new sod installed last Monday. We need to give the sod time to take root to withstand the heavy use through the summer. We have that area, and the other areas, that were recently sodded marked with caution tape – please respect that signage and stay off those areas (use this as an opportunity to explore other areas of the pool grounds). Since we aren’t using that area will have lots of chairs and tables stacked on other parts of the property – please be patient as we use all available space for storage. We will monitor this area closely and will open it up as soon as we can.
  2. Women’s Restroom. We had to deconstruct part of the women’s restroom to get plumbing to the outdoor food preparation area. The tile work is going to be completed by Tuesday of this week. That area is blocked off with caution tape so please respect the signage.
  3. Men’s Restroom. We were required to bring the men’s room up to code and as a result there is a new toilet area, with new tile, counters and sinks. That work is 95 percent complete but we need to adjust some doors, finish grout, hang mirrors etc. That work is going to be completed by Tuesday of later this week.
  4. Tables and Chairs. We have a number of tables and chairs that we need to get replaced or fix. With the addition of the new furniture (mainly in the baby pool and under the pavilion) we are trying to assess the best path forward with style and material (wood or composite for tables and our traditional metal vinyl strap chairs). You’ll see some of the bits and pieces in various areas on the property but please be patient as we work through what to do.

One major item in the category of “still to come” is a deck off the pavilion. Our original design had a small deck off the creek-side end of the pavilion. After input from a member (also an architect who was helping with some other parts of our project) it was suggested to expand the deck to cover not just the back area off the pavilion toward the creek but also the main pool pump house. This design will capture space we didn’t previously use and will be about 1,000 sq ft! We have a design and are waiting for permits which we hope to get next week. If we obtain the permits next week we will move forward with it this summer but if the permits are delayed it will be built in the fall.

Lastly, we have a single consolidated running list of “punch list items” that need to be fixed or touched up. We will work the contractor in the coming weeks to address as many of those items as we can. We’ll have a suggestion list available for you to submit things you notice – please don’t pass along suggestions to individual board members as they are trying to enjoy the pool as well.

Hope you get to enjoy some time at the pool this Memorial Day Weekend.

 

Opening Delayed

UPDATE (Saturday, May 26, 7pm): The pool opens at 12:00pm on Sunday, May 27.


We have good news and bad news. The good news is that we passed all inspections, a huge milestone for this project. Unfortunately, there is some bad news: The pool will be closed over the Memorial Day weekend. We are currently planning to open on Tuesday, May 29th at 3:30pm.

To explain the delay, in the last few days Elite Pools noticed we were losing water from the pool. After troubleshooting, it became clear Thursday morning that the only course of action was to drain the pool and replace the drains in the diving well (an area of the pool not impacted by the construction). Filling the pool takes 3 days normally.

The pool was drained today; a repair crew was at the pool Thursday evening making necessary repairs. The major drain structure is in good working condition, so the crew is patching and installing new flow covers. We avoided major additional work, and we plan to open the pool — absent additional unforeseen issues — Tuesday at 3:30pm.

We will follow up when we know adjusted plans for the Swim and Dive Team introductory meetings currently scheduled for Monday and the new plans for the social events that had been scheduled for this weekend. (Meetings may still take place on the pool property — again details to come after discussion with team representatives.)

Again, we appreciate your patience and apologize for the delayed opening. While we have been pushing hard to open on time we need to do so in a safe and responsible manner. The Tuesday, May 29th opening will also enable us to finish other loose ends and help the new lawn take root.

 

trivia team

Trivia Tuesdays

Tuck a thinking cap under your swim cap this summer as Trivia Tuesdays comes to Rock Creek Pool!

This casual evening of questions and answers is a great way to have fun, meet new pool friends and put your knowledge of useless information to the test. Anyone is welcome to play; there will be questions for people of all ages.

Here’s how it works:

  • There are three rounds planned for the season: June 5, July 17 and August 14.
  • Each round will have a team winner based on total amount of points earned. In addition, we’ll keep a tally of participants and we will recognize our top scoring players at the end of the season.
  • To play, simply show up 20 minutes or so before the appointed start time. The games will start promptly so we have time to finish before the pool closes, so do not be late if you can help it.
    • If you arrive after we start, we’ll try our best to fit you into a table.
  • When you arrive, you’ll sign in so we can record your participation. Signing in awards you 5 points toward your individual season score.
  • At the time, we will assign you to a table. We plan to evenly distribute players and also mix people up a bit, so it’s possible that couples could be assigned to competing teams.
    • The idea here is to meet new folks and to have fun but we won’t be Draconian about it.
  • Questions will be general knowledge and cover a gamut of subjects, including science, entertainment, literature, politics, current affairs, sports and pop culture. There will be no math.
  • While these are not events where we’ll provide complimentary food and drink, we encourage you to bring something for you and your teammates to enjoy.

Round One is Tuesday, June 5 at 6:30 p.m.

Good luck and happy quizzing!

 

trivia team

trivia team

trivia team

 

 

Modernization Update (5/21/18): Opening Day: Aiming for Monday — PLEASE READ

The Board met yesterday and we wanted to provide you an update on the pool construction and timing for opening the pool.

Schedule this week. Rock Creek Pool will not open as hoped for this Friday. A Monday (Memorial Day) opening (and possibly Sunday) is more realistic. Generally, the work is very close to completion and we are talking a delay of a matter of days.

The work will have a series of inspections this week, beginning today with the building inspection and continuing tomorrow with WSSC and health department occupancy inspections. We anticipate we will have issues to complete, addressing those this week, and having a re-inspection. The health department already agreed to return later this week to re-inspect.  We will be setting up tables, chairs and lounges Friday and Saturday, including assembling and positioning new furniture for the covered structure and around the grounds. The Board is meeting again Thursday to assess our status.

 

We therefore plan for an opening on Sunday or Monday. We believe this is realistic, but be aware if any issues are outstanding at the end of the week and we do not receive approval to operate at the end of the week, it is possible that we would postpone opening until sometime next week, which would include delaying the start of swim and dive team practices.

A note about the new sod. Please also note that new sod has been laid around the pool; a section between the front entrance and diving well goes in today, and that area will be cordoned off until the end of school to allow the grass to establish. (We also plan to address lawn issues in the fall as needed.)

A great deal of work has gone into this effort, the contractor (Elite Pools) are working a lot of hours to complete this project for us with additional requirements as we have progressed (including the two walls you will see upon entering) and we are excited to share the renovated pool and grounds with all of you. It looks great. The “guts” of the pool are in good shape. The wading pool will be a very popular spot for all and the new fencing around it is a big improvement. We’ve taken the opportunity to improve conditions in the bathrooms.

We appreciate your patiences as we finish up the work. We will have more to share. Stay tuned.

And see you, hopefully soon, on deck!

WE NEED YOU! Sign up with Social 2018

As you know, our pool is run by a completely volunteer board, and all of the fun activities we like to do at the pool require even more volunteers. We are about to kick off another great season at the pool and WE NEED YOU! The social committee has been working to keep our activities fresh and fun, and your ideas and suggestions are also always welcome!

And remember, if you sign up as a volunteer to host a social event, you will win these AMAZING prizes!

  • Reserved table at the event you host–your choice!
  • Reserved parking spot in the upper lot the whole day of the event
  • Recognition and R-E-S-P-E-C-T
  • The feeling of making everyone who attends your event HAPPY!

In case you’re not sure what’s involved if you volunteer, here’s what it’s like to host a happy hour at the pool:

  1. You go buy food and drinks
  2. You roll up to your RESERVED parking spot the day of the event
  3. You set your family up at your RESERVED table
  4. You set up the event table(s) with your food and drinks
  5. You make your fellow pool members HAPPY while having fun yourself!
  6. You submit your receipts for a QUICK reimbursement

See, it’s easy!

Sign up — we would love to have all of the host slots filled by May 19th, so sign up early.

Thank you in advance!