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Now I have a new excuse not to go swimming.

From Park and Rec:

“On February 4, 2008, the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) will temporarily close the William H. Rumsey Aquatic Center, 635 North Carolina Avenue, SE, to perform preventive maintenance work and repairs that will ensure proper upkeep of the Rumsey Aquatic Center and provide DPR patrons with an improved swimming experience. The temporary closure is currently scheduled for a minimum of 45 business days.

Preventive maintenance work and repairs will take place throughout the center, including the renovation of the men’s and women’s locker rooms. Locker room work will include replacement of the floors, lockers, showers, painting, and other repairs. Repairs will be made to the center’s electrical, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, and plumbing systems. Additional work will be performed throughout the center, including interior painting and general repairs, and exterior repairs and landscaping work.”

I truly love that pool. The lifeguards are friendly. It’s generally not overwhelmingly crowded at night. And there’s free kickboards. Kickboards are awesome! But since Park and Rec is aiming to improve the “swimming experience,” may I suggest:

1) Excluding grumpy old men from my lane. Or if that is not feasible, mandating that these men can only swim during off peak hours.

2) Augmenting the stereo system with better speakers. I’d like to be able to hear some slow jams even out in the deep end.

3) Installing a bathing suit dryer machine in the locker rooms. I know this a real yuppie request. But it’s just nice.

4) Hosting weekly BBQs during the summer. There’s patio space that can be accessed. I’d really like a tofu dog after some serious lap swimming.