Gaithersburg Aquatic Center Closure Update
Following a complete assessment by a structural engineering firm, it has been determined that the Gaithersburg Aquatic Center, located at 2 Teachers Way, will remain closed for the next six to eight months to address structural issues. Surface inspections have indicated that corrective action is required. Below-the-surface inspections done during the construction may reveal the need for additional renovations.
“We are working closely with MCPS to affect the necessary repairs as expeditiously as possible, but our first priority is safety,” says City Manager Angel Jones. “It is paramount that we provide quality facilities for residents and visitors to enjoy leisure activities, while also ensuring a hazard-free workplace for our City employees.”
Built in 1975, the Gaithersburg Aquatic Center is owned by Montgomery County Public Schools and operated jointly with the City of Gaithersburg. Gaithersburg’s Facilities Maintenance staff discovered cracks in perimeter wall support columns during an inspection on January 25. The facility was immediately closed for the safety of staff and patrons.
The spring and summer sessions of swim lessons are cancelled at the Aquatic Center, while summer swim lessons will be available at the Water Park. Water exercise participants are encouraged to participate in City-sponsored classes at the Quince Orchard Swim and Tennis Club. Registration is currently being accepted for both summer swim lessons and water exercise classes. Arrangements have been made for Gaithersburg Aquatic Center Members to lap swim at the Rockville Swim and Fitness Center at a cost $5 per swim until the Water Park opens for the season. Lifeguard training is being held at the Activity Center at Bohrer Park in conjunction with rented pool space at Lakeforest Sport and Health Club.
Updates will be communicated on the City's website at www.gaithersburgmd.gov/aquatics and through the Aquatics Division Email Newsletter, which customers may join by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.