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Press Release: Wilson Aquatic Facility to Reopen Friday, July 26th, 2013

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Press Release: Wilson Aquatic Facility to Reopen Friday, July 26th, 2013

Repair Teams Remain On-Site to Address Cooling Issues

State-of-the-Art Wilson Aquatic Center

DGS logoFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 24, 2013
Kenneth Diggs (DGS) 202-580-9361, kenneth.diggs@dc.gov

(Washington D.C.) - Knowing the middle of the summer is one of the best times to visit the pool, the Department of General Services (DGS) has been working diligently since last week to fix the heating and cooling issues at the Wilson Pool so that the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) can re-open the facility for residents and visitors to enjoy. As last week in Washington DC broke a heat record with 138 continuous hours over 80 degrees, this extreme heat overtaxed the existing HVAC compressors and control units and resulted in the needed replacements. While Wilson Pool is an indoor aquatic facility, all of DPR's outdoor pools are open.

As of today, the contractor continues to be onsite remedying the situation by repairing and troubleshooting HVAC control components to properly regulate temperatures. They are currently awaiting delivery of new compressors for installation of that component. There will be limited cooling until the defective compressor is installed.  The repair team expects cooling to be restored by Friday July 26, 2013.

As DPR is responsible for the operations of the facility, they have kept the community up to date on the status of the pool’s repair by issuing a press release on Friday July 19th and twice-a-day announcements via Twitter and daily posts on Facebook. Together, DGS and DPR have advised the Mayor and Council as to the latest status of the facility’s repair and continue to keep all stakeholders, especially the community, apprised of the situation.

THE DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL SERVICES:
The mission of the Department of General Services (DGS) is to elevate the quality of life for the District with superior construction, first-rate maintenance and expert real estate management. By building and maintaining safe and green state-of-the-art facilities which foster economic growth and elevate educational environments, our trusted and skillful employees create modern and vibrant communities across all of the District of Columbia.

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