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Reston Association kicks off pool season, but Lake Thoreau opening still pending

The Lake Thoreau pool is under renovation (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Reston Association’s pool season has officially kicked off, although the opening date of Lake Thoreau pool is not yet known for this season.

The complete pool schedule — which is divided into five seasons — is available online.

RA says it has hired 85% of its lifeguard staff, overcoming labor shortages that often plague these positions. Last year, two pools were temporarily closed when staff members contracted COVID-19, but staffing was generally not an issue.

“Seasons four and five toward the end of the summer continue to be the most challenging for aquatics staff recruitment and retention as students return to school and start fall activities,” RA spokesperson Mike Leone said. “We continue to recruit lifeguards.”

North Shore’s heated pool and spa and Ridge Heights heated pool opened first on May 13. RA is actively hiring for more lifeguards online.

It’s still unclear if and when Lake Thoreau Pool, which is undergoing major renovations, will open this year.

Leone said the decision will depend on the timing of the project’s completion and approval from RA’s Board of Directors.

“At this point, the pool is close to 70% completed and we anticipate an early September completion,” he said.