300 Van Buren St. NW
Test Result: Positive (Monday, Aug. 10,
Skinny: Takoma’s indoor pool is
popular with early-morning lap swimmers. But the women’s locker room was dirty and smelled rank; the jumbo and wading pools tested positive.
Theodore Hagans Jr.
3201 Fort Lincoln Drive NE
Test Result: Positive (Sunday, Aug. 9, 4:19 p.m.)
Skinny: Flanked by an entire neighborhood of spanking new town homes, this pool, inside Theodore R. Hagans Jr. Cultural Center, looks a lot spiffier than it tested.
1100 Michigan Ave. NE
Test Result: Negative (Monday, Aug. 10, 7:47 a.m.)
Skinny: This gleaming indoor pool facility has older swimmers of every shape and size taking advantage of the lap lanes.
4300 Arkansas Ave. NW
Test Result: Negative (Saturday, Aug. 8, 2:15 p.m.)
Skinny: Upshur is running a distant third—behind Francis and East Potomac—for attendance this summer, though that’s no excuse for the substandard conditions in the women’s locker room. Overflowing trash bins and clogged toilets—all against a backdrop of, hey, clean pool water!
3400 Volta Pl. NW
Test Result: Positive (Saturday, Aug. 8, 12:36 p.m.)
Skinny: The Volta Park Recreation Center in Georgetown is another one of DPR’s showplaces. The locker rooms are modern and clean. And the nice, if small, pool has a big following among well-heeled professionals, neighborhood university students, and Georgetown soccer moms with kids in tow. If you want to snag a lounge chair on the weekend, get there early.
Washington Marriott Wardman Park
2660 Woodley Road NW
Test Result: Negative (Thursday, Aug. 13, 2:06 p.m.)
Skinny: Once you find your way through the Marriott’s cavernous lobby, a garden path leading under trellises of flowering vine leads you to the patch of turquoise paradise. But it’s a busy paradise, where neighborhood sunbathers and lap swimmers cough up $10 a day to mingle with hotel guests. Of the three hotel pools we visited, this is the only one with its own locker room—complete with showers and a sauna. The women’s locker room was a mess, though the pool tested clean.
Washington Plaza Hotel
10 Thomas Circle NW
Test Result: Negative (Thursday, Aug. 13, 11:26 p.m.)
Skinny: You get good water in a pool surrounded by a half-moon of blue beach chairs on white concrete. You also get a cushy cotton pillow, towels, beach umbrellas of the same royal blue as the chairs, and a view of the statue in Thomas Circle. In other words, not nearly enough indulgences to justify the $50 fee for a day pass.