The Alexandria Transit Company (DASH), in partnership with the Advocates for Alexandria Aquatics (AAA), and the City of Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Activities (RPCA), have announced a new initiative to get families and children to the Old Town Pool this summer.
Over twenty local businesses, along with the support of the USA Swimming Foundation – Make a Splash, are sponsoring free rides during July and August on DASH’s AT10 route. This route provides service between Potomac Yard and the King Street Metro, via the neighborhoods of Arlandria, Warwick Village, Del Ray, and Rosemont. This initiative addresses the concern by the City and residents in those neighborhoods, that with the temporary closing of the Warwick Pool this summer, children and their families may have a difficult time getting to the Old Town Pool on Cameron Street. In addition, residents in the affected areas can use the AT10 bus route to do a number of things – get to and from the pool, use the Duncan Library, visit shops and restaurants in Del Ray, travel to the Metro, get to the stores at Potomac Yards, etc.
Since providing any type of shuttle service would have been cost prohibitive, DASH offered a creative and cost effective solution to get residents of the affected areas to the Old Town Pool. Starting July 1st through September 7th, Labor Day, the AT10 route, which serves all those neighborhoods, will become the free Pool Bus on weekdays between 9:30 AM and 3:30 PM, and on weekends between 11:00 AM and 7:00 PM.
DASH, RPCA, and AAA reached out to the Alexandria business community for their help and asked them to sponsor the free rides. “The participating business sponsors signed up almost as soon as they were informed about this effort,” stated DASH CEO Sandy Modell. “Alexandria’s business community is very generous. They wanted to help and thought this was a great idea!”
The USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash initiative is a national child-focused water safety campaign which aims to provide the opportunity for every child in America to learn to swim.
Because swimming is a life skill and water is all around us, it is important for kids to learn water safety skills that could prevent them from possibly drowning. Through Make a Splash, the USA Swimming Foundation partners with learn-to-swim providers and water safety advocates across the country to provide swimming lessons and educate children and their families on the importance of learning how to swim. The USA Swimming Foundation has invested millions of dollars to provide grants to qualified Local Partner learn-to-swim programs, to spread national awareness, and to bring together strategic partners to end drowning.
According to statistics from USA Swimming:
- Ten people drown each day in the United States
- 70% of African American children, 60% of Latino children, and 40% of Caucasian children have low or no swimming ability.
- Participation in formal swim lessons can reduce the likelihood of childhood drowning by 88%
There are many ways to get involved in this positive cause either by donating to the foundation so they are able to increase swimming lessons, volunteering your time to teach a child how to swim or helping the USA Swimming Foundation advance its mission by becoming a member of a local chapter.
Find out more about how to get involved by visiting this link.
For information on the AT10 bus route and schedule, visit this link.