Friends of Hearst Pool believes one of the best options would be to locate the pool on the tennis court platform and change almost nothing at the soccer field level - an option we're calling Option 1 b (for better).
All, or nearly all, bioswale work to control runoff could happen on the Idaho Avenue cut-through space, and the soccer field level could be left virtually untouched.
The two existing tennis courts adjacent to the new pool would be preserved, and the third existing court would then serve as the footprint for the new pool and pool house.
This location could yield the following:
- 6 x 25 yard lanes (standardized DC DPR configuration for equipment and purchasing)
- flexible lane and usage configurations
- shallow entrance and child area
- view overlooking the fields from the lounge deck area
- two adjacent resurfaced tennis courts, making the site a true swim and tennis facility
- no trees harmed in construction
- green cover integrated into the lounge deck
- picnic benches under the tall trees at field level serving as an informal picnic area
Update: At DPR's last community, Tyrell Lashley, DC DPR’s Director of Aquatics, confirmed the following:
- The pool would, in fact, be DPR's standard size of 6 lanes x 25 yards (+ splash pad)
- This length and lane configuration meets US Swimming specs and would be available to host a swim team, although NOT swim meets (DPR has a designated sight in Northeast DC for this).
- The pool would be 75 ft x 42 ft with decking extending back from the pool edge for 15 ft.
- Lashley and the designers emphasized that there is some flexibility in the configuration of the pool deck, so the decking can be best adapted to the space. But the current estimate for the pool + deck area would be 10,800 sq ft in total.
- According to slides presented at DPR’s last community meeting (such as the one below), the pool would be roughly the same size as the Langdon Pool in Ward 5 and the Douglass Pool in Ward 8 (although the deck would be a different size than those locations).
Please contribute your design ideas by emailing Friends of Hearst Pool directly.