Clean Up Day Thanks!

Thanks SO MUCH to everyone who came out on Saturday May,11 to help clean, weed, mulch and plant around the pool and community house!! As an added bonus, folks got a preview of the new bathrooms (which are stellar!).

There is always more to do, so if you’d like to help out, please reach out the the board and I’ll be in touch!




Volunteers Hard at work!

Sign Up for Swim Lessons

Our Swim Lesson program helps children enjoy the water and stay safe. Lessons are available for a variety of ages and skill levels. All sessions are held within a two-week period and include eight 30-minute classes. Enrollment is limited! Register early for one of the four sessions. See details & download the application.

Message from the President

I am very excited to welcome you to the 64th year of fun, sun, and relaxation at the Dominion Hills Area Recreation Association. We are planning to open on Saturday, May 18, at 10 a.m., and are working hard on all the preparations.

The new email newsletter [sent April 26] includes information about our summer calendar of events, the Goodlett Scholarship application, swim and dive team information, and more. Please stay tuned for more updates as our season approaches. We are using the e-newsletter instead of mailing a paper version to be more efficient, save association funds, and improve our communications.

This year, you will see the results of the renovations to our community house and bathhouse. I am grateful for our Board of Directors, our manager, our membership recorder, and volunteers who have worked diligently behind the scenes to make this season special. We all hope you will be pleased with the hard work over the last year and will enjoy the improvements for years to come.

Scott Christensen
President, Dominion Hills Area Recreation Association

Swim & Dive Team Registration Now Open

DHARA is an active member of the Northern Virginia Swimming League. The teams provide kids up to age 18 with a great experience that includes: skill development; friendly spirited competition; new friendships; and a sense of team and community spirit. We encourage children to join either or both teams!

Attend and learn more at the parent meetings on Saturday May 11 at the pool (9am for swim; 10am for dive). You can also register now on the Dive Team and Swim Team websites.

Reminder: During meets hosted at Dominion Hills, the pool will close for general swimming on parts of some days and evenings. We encourage DHARA members to attend the meets and cheer on our swim and dive team kids!

JuneBoard Meeting

Dominion Hills Area Recreation Association
Regular Board Meeting Agenda
June 13, 2019, DHARA Community House

7:30 Call to Order

7:35 Approval of Minutes

7:40 Confirm Executive Committee Actions

7:50 Membership Recorder’s Report

7:55 Financial Report 

8:10 Manager’s Report

8:25 Updates

      • Facilities and Construction Committee
      • Grounds and Landscaping
      • Inscoe Rental Property Committee
      • Membership Events (Brunches/Adult Dinner)
      • Discussion of Fundraising Requests
      • Other Items

9:15 Committee Sign-Ups

9:20 Communications Updates

9:30 Adjournment

Updates from the Annual Meeting

The membership vote to provide additional funding for the renovation project passed with a vote of 56 to 17. You can learn more about the bathroom and community house project on the renovation webpage.

Also, Christian Beckner, Suzanne Garwood, Mike McMahon, Nathan McQueen and Carrie Perry were elected to the Board for a three-year term and Louis Finkel was elected to complete the one-year term of a departing Board member.


Board Meeting Agenda – Jan. 10, 2019

Dominion Hills Area Recreation Association
Regular Board Meeting Agenda

January 10, 2019 — DHARA Community House

7:30                 Call to Order                                                                                       SC

7:35                 Approval of Minutes                                                                         MJK

7:40                 Confirm Executive Committee Actions                                        BH

7:50                 Membership Recorder’s Report                                                     JS

7:55                 Financial Report                                                                                 ML

8:10                 Manager’s Report                                                                               JA

8:25                 Updates

  • Facilities and Construction Committee MM
  • Nominations and Elections/Annual Meeting
  • Mailing Materials and Postage and Approval of Suzanne Garwood for Ballot
  • By-Laws Update Discussion JS
  • Inscoe Rental Property Committee BH
  • DEQ Update
  • Other Items

9:15                 Membership Assessment                                                                    JS

9:20                 Communications Updates (Survey/Google docs)                        JS/SA/LF

9:30                 Adjournment                                                                                       SC


View PDF of the agenda.

Payment Due by Oct. 31

Your $200 capital assessment was due by Oct. 31, 2018. Earlier this year, the membership voted to move forward on capital improvement projects to improve the accessibility, safety, and aesthetics of our community house and bathhouse. The projects will be partially funded by this assessment.

Two payment options

OPTION 1: Visit the  Payments page, then log in to make your payment online via credit/debit card (small processing fee applies). Note: If you’ve forgotten your username or password (or don’t know what it is), enter an email address associated with your DHARA account. The address must already be in the system. If a matching account is found, a reset link will be mailed to the address you enter. 


OPTION 2: Mail a $200 check  (plus $30 late fee if after Nov. 15) to DHARA Membership Recorder, P.O. Box 5643 Arlington, VA 22205-5643. You must include your Membership # in memo line.

A late fee of $30 will be added for assessment payments not received by Nov. 15. If your assessment remains unpaid you will not be allowed to access  the pool facility until paid.

In Response to an Inquiry About Upcoming Construction

Recently, a member of DHARA inquired to the board about the plans for the upcoming facilities work to the bathhouse, fire escape and front egress. It was requested that the board ensure we are taking some of the other, structural issues that have come up into consideration as we look at moving forward with the construction.

The board wants very much to work with transparency, as openly as possible. With that, we have decided to post the full response here, so that all members can be made aware of where we currently stand. If, after reading this you have any questions, feel free to email the board at and we will get back to you as quickly as we can.


Thank you very much for your letter ….

We are grateful for the concerns, input, and recommendations we have received from several members about prioritizing various projects we are working on, including the renovation of the bathhouse, modifying the egresses in the Community House, mitigating water damage in the pumproom, repairing a crack near the stairs into the main pool, and repairing erosion under the deck.  We also take into account maintenance to the “Inscoe” house next door, the 1920s bungalow that our Association owns and rents out.

In the past year we have had several discussions of the pros and cons of proceeding on the bathhouse and egress projects at the same time, including potential cost savings from working on the projects simultaneously and minimizing the disruption to our members and others who use the Community House.  For example, if we pursue the projects consecutively, it will extend the time that no one can use the Community House, because it cannot be used when it is under renovation and then cannot be used when the bathrooms are closed for renovation.  After those several discussions, the Board has concluded that it would be most efficient time- and cost-wise to undertake the renovations concurrently.

We consider the renovations to the bathhouse to be important to improving the health of our facility.  Our work to mitigate mold in the ceiling of the bathhouse increases every year and cannot be solved until we replace the material and improve ventilation and drainage.  The bathhouse renovations are not simply to beautify our facilities; those renovations are designed to eliminate potential health hazards.  Board members, association members, and guests have expressed persistent concerns for several years about the quality of the bathrooms.  The Board is acting on concerns and has been working hard over the past year to get the projects and financing underway.

We also are carefully monitoring and investigating the effect of increased water in the pumproom.  The pumproom for our pool is located behind the diving board area below the pool level and largely below ground level.  In 2015, as part of our long-term planning, the Board retained a structural engineer to evaluate the physical infrastructure surrounding the pumproom — as well as other parts of our property and the Inscoe house — and concluded that we will need to undertake improvements to the pumproom in the next several years.  By the first half of this year, we received the average rainfall for an entire year, and we also experienced more water in and around the concrete in the pumproom.  The Board, as a group, has reviewed first hand the situation in the pumproom twice this year and this summer retained a structural engineer to provide a more in-depth evaluation than was provided in 2015.  That work is underway now and will allow us to evaluate how quickly and what efforts need to be undertaken to reduce the effect of water around the pumproom before the pool reopens next season.

Once we have the engineers’ evaluation, we will be able to discuss any effects on other projects.  We are continuing to proceed cautiously with the next steps for the other projects and will continue to monitor all of the conditions.  As we move forward with these necessary projects, we will continue our stewardship of Association funds and resources.  Our responsibility to the membership as a Board is to maintain and improve the quality of our property to provide a healthy and safe facility to all of our members.  And we will continue to keep you updated as we gather and evaluate information.

Best wishes,
Scott Christensen