Pool opens Friday; Valentine Slim/BBQ on Memorial Day

Greetings, RCP members! This is your News of the Week. Here’s what’s happening at the pool …

Much like Max Scherzer and the Nationals pitching staff reporting to camp signals the start of Spring, nothing says “Summer is here!” like Max McGervey and the hard-working Rock Creek Pool lifeguards scrubbing down the deck chairs! Thank you lifeguards!

AND NOW, HERE WE ARE … The pool officially opens Friday, May 24, at 3:30 p.m.! Enjoy a dip in the pool and then at 7 p.m. it’s the Welcome Back Happy Hour! Hang out in the grill area and enjoy drinks and apps. Catch up with old friends and make some new ones.

Memorial Day is packed! … We have a full day of fun planned at the pool this holiday.

  • Cookout (11 a.m. – 2 p.m.) — One complimentary lunch package per member. We’ll have hamburgers, veggie burgers and hot dogs ready to devour.
  • Live music by Valentine Slim (4 p.m. – 7 p.m.) — $5 bottomless cup for beer/wine.
  • Sports introductory meetings (swim team 4-4:30 p.m. and dive team 4:30-5 p.m.) — You’ll also hear about tennis lesson opportunities!

Volunteers needed … our events need your help in order to run smoothly, especially the big ones! Please volunteer an hour of your time this Monday. We need grillers, servers, and set up and clean up crews. It doesn’t take much if a bunch of us chip in. Thank you!

Tennis, anyone? … Please join us for friendly pick-up doubles tennis Monday nights, 6.30 p.m. (adults only). E-mail to be added to the mailing list (as times may vary during the year).

Swim team families — especially families new to the FINS — are encouraged to read Summer Swim 101 and Fins FAQs on the team website prior to Monday’s meeting.

Swim practice will begin at 5 p.m., Tuesday May 28, and will include a mandatory swim test for all 8-under swimmers who did not compete in meets last summer. The swim test will allow the coaches to make initial assignments to Future Fins, pre-team or swim team, and specific details will be sent in the coming days directly to those families with 8-under swimmers who need to be tested. The full summer practice schedule can be found here.

Finally, the June 7 deadline to register for the swim team is fast approaching, so please register your swimmers today! Please note that a late fee of $20 per swimmer will be assessed after June 7.

Fun with the Fins Dive Team on Memorial Day … Come to the diving well around 3 p.m. to meet Assistant Coach Emma Gold, learn about the dive team, see some diving, and have a popsicle (it is Monday Funday, after all). Anyone who is a diver, was a diver or wants to find out what it’s all about (no experience necessary) is welcome! Questions? Email Let’s Go FINS!

Social Calendar is set … Take a stroll past the water fountain and check out the 2019 social calendar. Upcoming events in June include:

  • TRIVIA — Friday, June 7
  • SCHOOL’S OUT MEGA-PARTY (Ice Cream/Teens Pick the Music and “The Greatest Showman”) — Friday, June 14
  • KARAOKE — Saturday, June 22
  • GAME NIGHT — Saturday, June 29

Some administrative tasks …

  • All members (adults and kids) should have a current photo as part of their electronic ID.
  • Buy your Daily Guest Passes in advance at the website.
  • Know the Rules! Review the Rules & Regulations. Here’s one more to remember: Kids have to be potty-trained before they can enter the main pool. No exceptions!
new furniture

Pool opens Memorial Day weekend

Well, as we expected, the pool is officially opening FRIDAY, MAY 24. At this point, we’re in the final stretch but having the extra week will allow us the time to get it just right. Here’s where we are and what’s left to be done:

  • The new sod is in place but we are fixing a few more grading and drainage issues.
  • The chairs are out of the bathrooms but we still plan to replace the women’s room toilets.
  • Much of new furniture arrived (see Bryan McCann’s photo) but it needs to be assembled.
  • The new doors are on but we need to paint and install the hardware.

Some administrative tasks … When you come to the pool for the first time this season, you may be asked to update your photo. All members (adults and kids) should have a current photo as part of their electronic ID.

Also, remember we can’t accept any payments at the front desk. If you need Daily Guest Passes, purchase them in advance at the website.

Finally, we like to keep things fun and casual at RCP, but there are certain rules we need to enforce in order to keep everyone safe. This is a great time to review the Rules and Regulations. A few line items to remember:

  • Running on the pool deck, pushing, wrestling, fighting (in or out of the swimming pool), etc., are forbidden.
  • Don’t bring glass to the pool. Except for eyeglasses, glass of any type (bottles, containers or receptacles) is prohibited.
  • Birthday parties and other special events must be scheduled and approved in advance.

Don’t forget …

… Memorial Day Cookout needs you … Volunteer an hour of your time on Monday, May 27, so we can throw an awesome BBQ!

… Valentine Slim music night … And don’t forget Valentine Slim performs 4-7 p.m. that same evening. $5 bottomless cup for beer/wine.

… Water aerobics classes start June 18 … Session One is SOLD OUT and so register to grab one of the few spots left for Session Two!

… Summer tennis sessions begin June 17 … Registration is open for a variety of classes for juniors and adults.

… Fins swim to fight cancer … We’re dedicating Friday morning, July 12, to finding a cure. To learn more, and to donate, visit the Swim Across America team page.

If you are a FINS swim or dive family … Visit the team’s websites at and, respectively. Here’s how you reach the team reps and coaches:

Memorial Day 2019

New FINS websites, Valentine Slim performs Memorial Day

Greetings, RCP members! This is your News of the Week. There’s a lot going on, so let’s dive right in …

Work continues on the pool grounds … This week we focused on improved grading to help mitigate standing water. Sod is being/was laid on Wednesday to the areas that needed the most work. We are also extending the fence of the baby pool to include the grass area out back. Georgetown Aquatics began adding our “swim” water back to the pool. With that said, we still have a lot of loose ends to tie up before we open and it’s very likely we’ll push our opening to Friday, May 24. We’ll make the official call next week after we evaluate what else needs to be done after this weekend.

If you are a FINS swim or dive family … Be sure to log into their new websites. The teams are now at and, respectively. Also, we’ve standardized our email addresses for each group of reps and coaches. Here’s how you reach them:

Don’t forget, registration for both teams is happening now. Visit their sites to sign up!

Deep-water aerobics registration is almost closed … Session One of the water aerobics classes is SOLD OUT! Session Two (July 16-Aug-6) has only a few spots left. So don’t delay if you were thinking of attending! Sign up!

Memorial Day Monday will be a full-day event this year … Along with the morning volleyball tournament and afternoon BBQ, we’re thrilled to have honky-tonk rocker Valentine Slim closing out the day on the Pavilion Stage. Slim and the boys will perform rockabilly, country and surf classics and forgotten gems. It’s a perfect soundtrack for the start of summer. His dynamic show will run from 4-7 p.m. We’ll offer $5 bottomless cup for beer/wine, so bring your dinner and enjoy the music!

Speaking of Memorial Day, we need you! … As with all of our RCP events, we can’t pull it off without members giving us a hand. Please review the volunteer sign-up form and commit an hour or two of your day to help us out. We need grillers, servers, preppers and clean-up … “crew-ers.”

The social calendar is nearly set … We’re putting the final touches on the 2019 social event poster (look for it on the cork board by the water fountain). The SC crew (Kelly Briscoe, Joel Rubin, Kate Elliott, Bryan McCann, Andrew Collard and yours truly) hope there’s a little something for everyone. For the start of the season, here’s a brief rundown so you can save the dates:

  • Monday, May 27 — BBQ and Live Music with Valentine Slim
  • Saturday, June 1 — Move Night and Happy Hour
  • Friday, June 7 — Trivia Night
  • Friday, June 14 — School’s Out Ice Cream Social
  • Saturday, June 22 — Karaoke!

Photographers needed … I’d like to add a little visual flair to these emails and highlight the fun atmosphere at Rock Creek Pool. If you are a photo-bug and want to share an RCP moment — FINS in action, an idyllic summer day, karaoke shenanigans, lallygagging in the baby pool — email a copy to me. I’ll try and use as many as I receive. Here are a few guidelines:

  • Email
  • Horizontal (landscape) orientation is best
  • Make sure to give the photographer full name credit.
  • Describe the subject in the photo (“here’s a shot of Jane Smith dancing at last night’s Valentine Slim show, which was awesome, by the way.”)
New steps!

Construction update, swim team website

It’s the first week of May which means we are in the final stretch before the start of the season! There is a TON of activity happening in these final weeks …

April was particularly busy for modernization and repair work. All the old concrete that was removed to access the leaks, address standing water, and bring our electrical bonding up to code has been replaced. That means the pool deck is fully operational. Plus, the front steps and sidewalk to the bridge are all new! The wider, higher profile should drain better and prevent standing water or mud. And yes, the stairs will have new railings on both sides! Those should be installed by mid-May.

Things that you might not notice: we’ll have new commercial grade water heaters and bathhouse doors (no more rust piles at the bottom). The heaters were replaced on April 30 and the doors are being installed this week.

There’s more coming and we’ll fill you in as we check them off the punch list!

Attention FINS swimmers and parents … swim team rep Geoff Plague reports that the new team website is finished! It looks amazing and very nicely organized. Swim team registration is open ($155 for the first family swimmer, and $110 for sibling swimmers). The deadline to register is June 7. The 2019 season will kick off with an introductory team meeting on Memorial Day afternoon, with evening practice beginning the next day — Tuesday, May 28. Go FINS!

Be on the lookout for a familiar face at the pool this season. We’re happy to to announce that former FINS coach Dale Lewis is taking on the pool manager duties this season. You’ll see him supervising the lifeguards and making sure everything is running smoothly. Welcome back, Dale!


Water aerobics classes start June 18Register now as spots are filling up! Deep-water aerobics classes are a fantastic way to stay in shape while also having fun with other pool members. (NOTE: You have to be logged into the site in order to see the registration page).

Fins swim to fight cancer … We’re dedicating the morning of Friday, July 12, to finding a cure. Swim team, Dive team and ALL pool members are invited to join us in raising money for Swim Across America and participating in the morning swim. To learn more, and to donate, visit the Swim Across America team page.

And, musically talented kids and teens … don’t forget to start practicing those three-chord classics and sign up for the RCP Music Festival on Sunday, August 18! If you, or someone you know, puts the “rock” in Rock Creek Pool, email me at!