Define 'proper swim attire' and train employees accordingly
  • Petitioned Kenyan McDuffie

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DC Council
Kenyan McDuffie
DC Council
Jon Mandel
DC DPR
Jesus Aguirre
DPR
DC DPR

Define 'proper swim attire' and train employees accordingly

    1. Allison Stewart
    2. Petition by

      Allison Stewart

      Washigton, DC

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July 2013

Victory

Allison Stewart: Thanks to the petition and involvement from councilmembers, DPR has revised their swim attire policy. Theoretically signs should be up and staff should be trained. Feel free to email me and DPR if you have any issues with untrained staff or unclear rules, though hopefully the rest of the summer goes smoothly for all pool patrons!

I, my husband, and my 2 year old daughter were banned for a year from Turkey Thicket pool because I was wearing a sport shirt that was not deemed to be a swim suit, despite the fact that it was made of swim material. My family has personally contacted DPR about this issue (clarifying what can be worn in the pool and on deck) half a dozen times because we feel it is a safety issue (especially a sun issue at outdoor pools) and because we want to follow the rules. Many other community members have requested clarity, and DPR's response has not been clear enough to prevent these unnecessary issues at DPR's pools. Please ask DPR to clarify - in a very detailed way - what can be worn in the pool, on the deck, and anywhere else in DPR aquatic facilities. Please sign our petition, and see the full story at www.districtofincompetence.blogspot.com.

 

Photo credit Adam Tinworth via creative commons

To:
Kenyan McDuffie, DC Council
Jon Mandel, DC Council
Jesus Aguirre, DC DPR
DC DPR, DPR
Define 'proper swim attire' and train employees accordingly!

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. DPR says policy is finalized, signs will be up soon...

      Allison Stewart
      Petition Organizer

      I will post the policy here as soon as I receive it. If you see a new sign up at your local pool, please let me know!

      Also, thanks to follow-ups from McDuffie and Grosso, I have received word that our ban order has been revoked, so we can swim at Turkey Thicket again.

      Thank you again for your support!

    2. DPR is "working" on a new swimwear policy

      Allison Stewart
      Petition Organizer

      DPR says they are sharing it with other DC agencies for safety and health reasons. They have not provided a timeline of when it will be complete. Please share with your friends, let's keep the pressure up, so we can enjoy the rest of the summer at our local pools!

    3. Reached 100 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Mandi Wolfes WASHINGTON, DC
      • 12 months ago

      I've had a similar experience with the attire discrepancies with DCPR.

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    • Yvette Selby WASHINGTON, DC
      • 12 months ago

      The rules should be clearly posted in view, and applied equally among all users of the facility.

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    • Ryan Eades WASHINGTON, DC
      • 12 months ago

      Our family currently struggles to use public pools at Harry Thomas and other rec centers because of inconsistencies in policy and random enforcement of these vague policies. Anything we can do to have some semblance of cohesion and understanding of the rules of these public facilities is something I am on board with. Let's get it together DPR.

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    • Erica Kaiser Attoe WASHINGTON, DC
      • 12 months ago

      The staff at ward 5 pools is incredibly unprofessional. Also, the hygiene of the changing rooms is shockingly bad-standing water, garbage, hair balls, and a smell of urine. I go private, but I shouldn't have to.

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    • Colin Soloway WASHINGTON, DC
      • 12 months ago

      Over the past seven years my family and I have had almost universally negative experiences with the staff of Turkey Thicket rec center. The overall feeling is that the center is there for the benefit of the management and staff, rather than the community. Please, replace that crew with people who think it is important to treat all their fellow citizens with respect.

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