Join Us on Sunday October 19th for DHARA Fall Clean-up Day.

From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. We need your help to keep the DH grounds looking great by cleaning, clearing, weeding and winterizing our beautiful facility. Please bring your own gardening gloves and some equipment to share. Lunch will be provided and guest passes for next season will be given to volunteers!

We realize this a busy season for everyone but it takes a community to keep the pool and grounds in top shape. Thank you in advance your help - it is greatly appreciated.

Rain date will be Sunday, October 26.

All DH Members are Welcome to Attend The DHARA 22nd Annual Fall Family Camp Out

This year's Annual Campout will be held Saturday, September 13th; beginning 7 p.m., through 9 a.m. Sunday morning. Those wishing to participate may sign-up at the bath house Front Desk. The cost is $3.00 per camper. The deadline for sign-up is Noon Saturday, September 13th.

• Bring Your Own tents at no charge, sleeping bags/blankets/air mattresses, marshmallow roasting sticks, bug spray and other camping gear.

• Tents may be set-up anytime Saturday afternoon on the old Indian campgrounds on the back lawn near the Spring stream.

• Bath-House locker rooms will stay open all night.

• Saturday evening activities: campfire, marshmallow roasting (s'mores!), and maybe stories, songs and games; treats and drinks provided by DHARA.

• The pool will be open to campers until 7 p.m. Saturday night and again on Sunday morning from 7-9 a.m.

• Sunday morning activities: cookout breakfast of blueberry pancakes, eggs & bacon/sausage, bagels, muffins, juice, coffee/tea, etc. around 7 a.m., followed by a morning swim.

DHARA Board Members Brice Henderson and Rich Engel are the sponsors and organizers of this event with others helping. They are requesting help with the event so that all of the aforementioned events can take place. Helpers are needed for:

1. Shopping for groceries and supplies at BJ's, Costco, and/or Shoppers on Saturday afternoon (after the number of campers for marshmallow roast and breakfast are determined from Sign Up sheets).

2. Wood gathering, fire-building, stick-whittling.

3. Organizing stories, songs and games; and

4. Moving supplies (trash cans, coolers, grill, etc.) to and from the campgrounds on late Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.

Those willing to help are asked to contact Brice H. at Powhatancamper2@verizon.net, or at 703/533-0231. Thank you, Campers! Open to all DH members and guests.

Join us for The Fourth Annual Dominion Hills Adult Dinner, Saturday July 19, 2014

Open to DH adult members and guests who are at least 21 years old. Beginning at 6:30 pm until 10ish, enjoy an evening at the pool featuring a delicious catered Italian dinner, music and swimming under the stars! B.Y.O.B. Soft drinks will be provided. $25 per person.

RSVPs must be received by Monday July 14th by completing the bottom of this form and handing it in, along with check or cash (exact change, please!), to the front desk of the DH Pool. Please make checks payable to DHARA.

We look forward to seeing you! Open to DH members and guests who are at least 21 years of age.

The DH Swim Lesson Program is Open for Registration

The DH Swim Lesson Program is a unique program designed to help all children ages 3 and up become more comfortable in the water and learn efficient swimming skills. Lessons are are taught by experienced, dedicated instructors and 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. Sessions begin on June 2 and end late July. Spots are limited, so register early!

All registration is on a first come first served basis. Members receive priority consideration. Registration typically closes one week prior to the date of the first class, but registration for a class may close early when the maximum number of students are reached.

For complete information and a copy of all necessary registration forms please download the DH Swim Lesson Information Packet. Register your child today!

All DH Members are Welcome to Join Us for Landscaping and Clean-Up Day!

Spring and Summer are right around the corner!

DHARA's annual landscaping clean-up, planting and work day is Sunday, April 27 from 8:00a.m. - 3:00p.m.

if you come for two hours and help out, you get access to an early, exclusive, volunteers-only swim day on Sunday, May 4 from 1:00p.m. - 4:00p.m. That's a week before Opening Day to enjoy our heated pool!

There are a lot of tasks we have to do to get the pool and grounds ready for the summer pool season so please join us. Come and work for a few hours - bring your gloves, yard tools, any orphaned plants you would like to donate to the pool. Also, if you have one, please bring a wheelbarrow, as we always have need for several during the day. There will be tasks for all ages: general clean up, planting, and various projects. We’ll have water to keep you cool and will serve lunch for all the hungry workers.

To reward your hard work we will give out free guest pool passes and the ticket that will give you entrance to our “bonus swim day” on May 4.

If you have any questions, please respond to info@dominionhills.org and we'll get back to you as soon as possible! We look forward to seeing you!

DHARA Board of Directors 2014

Executive Committee 2014
President
Scott Tate
Vice President
Wayne Vincent
Secretary
Claire Jazwick
Treasurer
Zackary Fraser
Member-at-Large
Brice Henderson
Board of Directors 2014
Scott Christensen Brian Ellis Rich Engel Melissa Martin Cliff McCreedy
Susan Morrisey Rob Moss Steve Nix Elinor Schwartz Julie Smith

Host your next party or meeting at the DH Community House!

The DH Community House is the perfect location for members to hold a birthday or anniversary party, meeting, fantasy sports draft, or other function.

The DH Community House offers a charming and versatile space that includes a kitchen, restrooms and a main hall able to accommodate a wedding reception for 100 guests, yet perfectly suitable for hosting a casual pizza party for your child’s soccer team.

The member rates are extremely reasonable and making a reservation is quick and convenient.

If you have not yet had the opportunity to see the Community House, please take a peek inside the next time you visit the pool.

For more information or to reserve the Community House visit the DH Rentals Page.

Member Rates:

--up to 25 People: $60 with a $100 deposit
--up to 50 People: $125 with a $125 deposit

--51 to 100 People: $200 with a $200 deposit
--Weddings and receptions: $350 with a $350 deposit

--Additional Vendors: $50 each
--Additional  Hours: $50 each
Non-Member rates available but slightly more expensive.

Ashlawn Elementary School Parking

You may have heard about ongoing discussions between Ashlawn Elementary School and DHARA regarding the use of parking spaces on our property. Here is an update:

One of DHARA's primary concerns with every action we take is the safety of everyone who uses our property: the safety of our members and their families and children, our neighbors and visitors, as well as Ashlawn students, teachers and staff. We constantly strive to balance the requirements of safety with our commitments to being a conscientious neighbor and to protecting the interests of all of our members and the many uses to which they put our property.

DHARA has been very glad to be a good neighbor to Ashlawn Elementary School. For several years, we leased ten parking spaces to help ease the pressure on increasing numbers of teachers and staff. Last year we were asked to triple the number of spaces leased, and we were glad to accommodate that request. This year we are again leasing 30 spaces, which represents one-third of our available parking space. This past month, we even repainted and marked all of the spaces in the lot closest to Ashlawn to accommodate teachers and staff parking there.

A significant concern regarding leasing any additional spaces is the access to such spaces from Wilson Boulevard. The entrance to our main parking lot is part of a very active pedestrian walkway for Ashlawn students. In the past, there has not been ongoing vehicular traffic entering the main lot during school arrival time. As the existing arrangement with Ashlawn uses all of the parking spaces in our lower lot (directly next to Ashlawn), any additional spaces would have to be in our main lot, creating a substantially larger number of vehicles entering that lot at the same time children would be walking to school. We fear this creates a potentially serious safety issue.

DHARA also has long-standing commitments to our members and other neighbors who use our property. For example, we traditionally lease our entire middle parking lot to the Boy Scouts for a month and a half for an annual Christmas tree sale as part of our dedication to being a good neighbor. That tradition alone will take up a substantial portion of our remaining spaces during the holidays. Also, after extensive renovations to our community house, it is now being leased throughout the year during the week as well as on weekends. Leasing additional parking spaces could create conflicts to the use of the community house by DHARA members and others.

After evaluating the information provided by Arlington Public Schools, gathered over many months, as well as information from the PTA, and in light of our own experience leasing parking spaces for use by Ashlawn, the Board of Directors concluded that we are not able to lease more spaces and properly balance the requirements of maintaining a safe parking lot that can be used by members during our extended pool season and by members and neighbors using the community house during the off season.

We appreciate that the PTA has corrected its recent statement that DHARA had previously agreed to lease an additional 30 spaces -- which would amount to two-thirds of our available parking -- and later reneged on that agreement. Nothing could be further from the truth. DHARA has always been open to and has always thoughtfully considered the requests from Arlington Public Schools, but we also always have carefully evaluated those requests in light of all of the use of DHARA's property.

We hope that Arlington Public Schools and the County will strive to fully explore and make available other parking locations, such as Bluemont and Powhatan Springs parks. It is entirely within their power to make both of these lots viable alternatives for faculty parking.

We understand that some of our members and neighbors may disagree with our decision, but we hope and ask that they understand and respect the care and thought with which we have made our decision.

Thank you,
DHARA Board of Directors

DH Guest Passes Offer Convenience at a Great Price

image of DH Guest PassesDH Guest Passes are the perfect way for DH members to bring guests to the pool without the hassle of using cash.

Choose the 10-visit Guest Pass if you plan to treat one or more occasional guests to a day at the pool, or the 7-Day Pass if you are hosting an out-of-town visitor.

Passes are available for purchase throught the season at the Front Desk. May be purchased by DH members only.New Check-In Procedures at the Pool

Message from Our Pool Manager

The following is an important notice from John Aldonas, DHARA Pool Manager.

I hope you are all enjoying the summer fun at the pool and will attend some of our social events this year. I am particularly looking forward to the Adult BBQ Party in July, yum!

This is just one of several new things this year. Recently, we have had a problem with non-members and unpaid guests entering the pool. To address this issue, protect the pool, and make it fair to our paying membership, I have started a new policy concerning the handicap and stroller entrance at the back gate. The policy is that everyone entering through the back gate must check in at the front desk first where a dated pass will be issued. This dated pass will admit any members or guests accompanied by members into the pool via the back gate. If you approach the back entrance without a dated pass than you will not be let in and you will be sent to the front desk to check in. All passes will be collected. If you need a special accommodation please let the back gate guard know so the manager on duty can assist you.

Whenever you enter the pool, even if it is on the same day, you are required to check in. I cannot expect any of my staff to remember who came in previously. We have 500 group memberships, which makes it hard to keep track of.

I believe that this policy will decrease the amount of people that have taken advantage of our good faith policy of previous years by utilizing the pool.

Another new change coming soon is picture-taking at the front desk. Once trained, the desk workers will be taking pictures of people for the check in system to ensure that no one uses your identity here at the pool. We will be asking all members to update their photo for the computer system. I also encourage all members to get a key tag and learn their membership number to assist in the identification process.

When checking in, please only check in those members that are present at the pool, so that we can have accurate data on use of the facility.

If you have questions about any of the new policies you can ask the manager on duty or myself. I am more than happy to explain the changes to you. My most important goal is to have a safe and secure pool for all members. I hope the rest of your summer is enjoyable, and I will see you at the pool.

Sincerely,
John Aldonas
Manager DHARA