Make a Difference – Join the DH Board!

DHARA Members,

This summer the pool took a huge leap forward to normalcy and summer fun! We reenergized through movie nights, kids nights, ice cream socials, holiday picnics, and swim and dive meets (Go Thunder Ducks)! We were also able to introduce new fun to the pool. The Quack Shack was a huge success and led to a national shortage of Choco Tacos. The first annual Luau was a smash hit, followed by another tremendous Oktoberfest dinner. Music rocked the pool. Parking lot lines and grimy walls were painted. Towel hooks adorned fences. Many of these ideas were introduced through member participation and volunteerism. While there are many ways to contribute to the pool, one great way to volunteer and effect change is to join the board!

If you are interested in getting more involved at DH and have a desire to help with the decision-making processes that enable the fun, safe, and memorable experiences to happen for our members, now is your chance.

The DHARA Nominating Committee is currently looking for candidates to stand for election as a member of the Board of Directors for the next 3 years. Any interested member should send their expression of interest with a photo and short biography to Dave Messman at or Matt Bachrack at no later than close of business December 17, 2022.

Expectations include:

  • 3 years of service
  • Attendance at all monthly board meetings
  • Leadership of one committee and membership in another are minimum expectations, and time commitment to these committees
  • Responsive to all membership inquiries and comments
  • Understand the safety and financial implications of major decisions that impact the membership


The full membership will have the opportunity to vote for candidates in the new year, leading up to the Annual Membership Meeting on February 1, 2023.

DH Winter Swim is HERE!



Hello!! It’s that time of year again when we get our most enthusiastic swimmers in the pool so they can continue training throughout the winter. For 2022/2023 Lindsay and her Winter Swim team will coach lap swimmers for 1 hour per week from October to April.  At this time, we cannot offer the tank learn to swim program, but please email to add your tank swimmers to a wait list. If more lifeguards become available, we will reach out to those on the list.  


  • Where:   W&L swimming pool
  • When:   Sunday evenings from 5 pm – 6 pm, beginning Sunday, October 23 – April 30th (with breaks for holidays, see full schedule below).  
  • Cost:   $450 per swimmer

Swimmers must be able to swim 25 meters of freestyle and backstroke without stopping to participate. This is at the coach’s discretion.  If your swimmer signs up and they cannot comfortably swim across the pool, the program cost will be refunded.

Equipment needed: 

Long Swim Fins – Long fins are incredibly beneficial for stroke development. Please visit Sport Fair on Langston Blvd to purchase. You can also purchase them online at using the link below

If you have any questions about the program, please email coach Lindsay Cronin at

SPACE IS LIMITED: For the safety of our swimmers, cut-offs will be in place for various age groups/ability levels. No refunds will for missed classes, inclement weather, or emergency closure of the facility.

We’re looking forward to getting swimmers in the water and, having a safe, enjoyable, and productive winter session!


  • Oct:  23, 30
  • Nov:  6, 13, 20 (no class on Nov 27)
  • Dec:  4, 11 (no class on Dec 18, 25)
  • Jan:  (no class on Jan. 1) 8, (no class on Jan15), 22, 29
  • Feb:  5, (no class on Feb 12, 19), 29
  • March:   5, 12, 19, 26
  • April:  (no class on 2, 9) 16  23, 30

Please use the form HERE to register your swimmer for the DH Winter Swim program. Sign up each of your swimmers individually and, you must be logged in to register.

July Board Meeting – July 7 at 7:30pm

Due to a plethora of schedule conflicts, the July board meeting has been moved up to the 7th from the 14th and will start at the usual time of 7:30 pm ET

Dominion Hills Area Recreation Association

Regular Board Meeting Agenda

July 7, 2022

Via Microsoft Teams/In Person

  • 7:30                 Call to Order
  • 7:35                 Approval of June 9 Meeting Minutes
  • 7:40                 Confirm Executive Committee Actions
  • 7:45                 Membership Recorder’s Report
  • 7:50                 Financial Report
  • 8:20                 Manager’s Report
  • 8:30                 Updates
    • Water Sports
    • Long Term Planning
    • Idea Portal Review
    • Facilities and Construction Committee
    • Member Events/Social Activities
    • Insurance & Contracts
    • Inscoe Update
    • Grounds and Landscape
  • 9:30                 Adjournment


Microsoft Teams meeting

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Or call in (audio only)

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Check our our NEW newsletter!

This Week at DH: June 19 – June 25 

Introducing our new weekly e-newsletter to keep you apprised of the upcoming week’s schedule, activities, reminders and updates.
Daily Operating Hours

Click Here for the full DH calendar

Upcoming Special Events

Mark your calendar and be on the lookout for more details regarding the following special events:
Wednesday, June 22:  Kids Night
Monday, July 4:  4th of July BBQ
Saturday, July 9:  Movie Night
Saturday, July 16:  Adult Dinner – Luau Theme!!

Reminders / Updates / Miscellaneous


More fun with Paint!
John and his team have started work re-painting the lines in the parking lot. This should greatly increase our ability to pack in cars during hot summer days and Thunder Duck swim and dive meets!

Which leads us to…Idea Portal
The board appreciates all the suggestions submitted to the Idea Portal to date.  Please know that while we have not been able to respond to each idea individually, the board does review them on a regular basis to determine which ones can be addressed immediately vs. those to be considered in the context of the pool’s long-term planning process.  Additionally, we will try to answer frequently asked questions to provide any helpful background as it may pertain to specific suggestions or ideas.

The Wall Got a Facelift

Check out the newly painted wall at DH!!

Thanks For a Great Memorial Day!!

WOW!!  What a fantastic Memorial Day at DH ! I’ve never felt a vibe like that at DH before, it was amazing! Check a few pics and videos!

We want YOUR ideas!!

Hello Fellow Members!
Over the past few years, we’ve been happy to bring new ideas to fruition at the pool. We now have a snack bar, and wireless, started a new annual Oktoberfest event, and are working on replacing some of our old signage.

All of these ideas came directly from the membership, and we want to hear more from you!

Check out the new idea portal we just put up for you to submit ideas to the board. We’ll collect them and review them on an ongoing, regular basis. As we consider both long- and near-term planning, your ideas will help us as we plan for the future. 

Thanks in advance and see you at the pool!!

  • Your DH board and Pool Manager


Opening day and more!!

Hello DH members!!

It’s that time of year again. Trees are getting green, the pool cleanup is in full swing, our staff is in training and opening day is nearly here. AND opening day for the 2022 season will be Saturday, May 7 at 10 am.

The pool board will once again be grilling hotdogs and hamburgers for picnics on Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day. Family movie nights and tot, kid, and teen events are on the summer agenda. The annual Adult Dinner will be on July 16 and the now “annual” Oktoberfest will be on September 24. The calendar on our website is up to date, so please take a look and, keep an eye out for changes and additional membership events.

We’re especially excited that we’ve been able to get to a couple of long-standing asks from members. We’ll no longer have to fight the vending machines as we are opening our new SNACK BAR!! The new snack bar will be serving cold drinks (soft drinks!!), chips and candy, and ice cream.  We also have wireless access available around the entire facility!

Stay posted for more updates and, we’ll see you soon!! 

All the best!
– Your DH Board & Pool Manager

April BOD Meeting – link and agenda

Dominion Hills Area Recreation Association
Regular Board Meeting Agenda
April 7, 2022
Via Teams/In Person

7:30 : Call to Order
7:35 : Approval of Mar. 10 Meeting Minutes
7:40 : Confirm Executive Committee Actions
7:45 : Membership Recorder’s Report
7:50 : Financial Report
8:20 : Manager’s Report
8:30 : Updates

  • Swim Team Update
  • Membership Payment Update
  • Facilities and Construction Committee
  • Snack Bar
  • Insurance & Contracts
  • Inscoe Update
  • Website
  • Member Events/Social Activities
  • Grounds and Landscape (Spring Clean-up)
  • Long Term Planning
  • Water Sports

9:30 : Adjournment

Microsoft Teams meeting:
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Click here to join the meeting
Or call in (audio only)
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Phone Conference ID: 863 081 487#

Reminder – DHARA Payment Due March 15

Dear DHARA Members,

We hope you’re as excited as we are excited about the 2022 pool season! We wanted to send a friendly reminder that 2022 payments are due by March 15 (next Tuesday).

Membership dues are $975 for regular members and $455 for emeritus members. A $100 late fee will be applied for payments submitted after March 15 – the fee increases to $225 after April 15. Memberships with unpaid dues by May 1 are subject to condemnation and resale.

To access your bill, please visit the account management page here, where you will be prompted to log in. If you’ve forgotten your username or password, please use the reset password feature under the login button.

As in past years, we request that you pay your membership dues online to help ease administrative burdens and ensure timely and accurate records of your payment. Please note that a processing fee of 2.9% + $0.30 will be applied.

If you prefer to pay by check, please make the check out to Dominion Hills Area Recreation Association and send it with your membership # in the memo line to: Dominion Hills Area Recreation Association, P.O. Box 5643, Arlington, VA 22205.

Please feel free to direct any membership-related questions to Julie Jernigan, Membership Recorder, at  You can also reach the board anytime at


See you at the pool!

The DHARA Board