Montgomery County Recreation Launches New Pool Reservation System

Interested in swimming at our neighborhood pool at the Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center? Montgomery County Recreation is launching a new pool reservation system designed to create an easier and better user experience. The new system will go live on Monday, Sept. 28 for pool reservations on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020 or later.

Montgomery County Recreation pools are currently open to Montgomery County residents and to valid pool pass holders. While reservations are not required, they are highly encouraged as pool capacity is limited due to COVID-19 restrictions.

“We heard from many customers, listened to their feedback and found a system that we believe will creates a better user experience,” said Montgomery County Recreation Director Robin Riley. “We appreciate our customers’ patience and understanding as we navigate these new waters.”

The new system will be used to make reservations at the County’s four indoor aquatic centers. Reservations will be available beginning exactly seven days in advance of the activity’s scheduled start time. For example, reservations for Monday, Oct. 5 at 2 p.m. will be available beginning on Monday, Sept. 28 at 2 p.m. Users can select from a variety of activity types including:

  • Lap Swimming: Current health guidelines allow for one person per lane. This activity requires continuous swimming.
  • Deep Water Running: Open space for exercise in deep water. Swimmer’s body must remain vertical in the water. Lap swimming is not permitted.
  • Open Rec Area: Shallow water available for general use. Lap swimming is not permitted.    
  • Rec Swim: Available for general use. Diving boards, slides and leisure pool open. Lap lanes available as first come, first serve for lap swimming only.

Reservations for indoor and outdoor swim sessions through Oct. 4 will continue to use the current reservation system.

For more information including pool hours of operations and schedules and a link to the new reservation system, visit www.mocorec.com/aquatics. Customers may also call 240-777-6840 or email rec.customerservice@montgomerycountymd.gov for additional assistance.

Pumpkin Spice Up Your Workout

From the Pike District monthly e-blast called The Scoop, which focuses on North Bethesda’s Urban Core

While everyone is adding pumpkin spice to everything this Fall, you can spice up your fall workout by trying a new gym, a new class or finding a new motivation to get active. 

Z SWEAT DANCE AND FITNESS 4834 Boiling Brook Parkway  

If your workout doesn’t make you happier, less stressed, and feeling like you’ve had a night out on the town with friends, then you haven’t tried Z Sweat Dance and Fitness. Don’t mistake the disco lights and neon décor for an 8th grade dance, this workout is serious business.  This fast-paced Z Sweat workout party will have you sweating and toning, but isn’t that “Z” idea?  Your first class is free and you can drop-in the party for the cost of a cocktail. READ MORE

202STRONG 12077 Nebel Street

Dumbells, barbells and kettlebells…oh my! This group fitness class uses weights and cardio to give you a total body workout. Described as less extreme than CrossFit, 202Strong will have you hitting the weights and feeling the results. Insider tip: You can work in a workout during lunch here because they have showers and products to have your “strong” contained to your muscles and not your smell. 
$79 buys you unlimited classes your first month. READ MORE

CLUB PILATES 5544 Randolph Road

If you haven’t given reformer fusion pilates a try, now’s your chance. You can join this month for just $9 and you can try your first class free. The reformer might look like a medieval torture device at first glance but it actually a great tool to build flexibility, muscle tone and core strength. Club Pilates gives you the opportunity to go to other classes nationwide for travelers or commuters. READ MORE

FIT4MOM Pike and Rose

Perfect for the mom or mom-to-be, FIT4MOM meets at Rose Park at 10 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday & Friday for Stroller Strides & Stroller Barre classes.  They begin with a warm up before traveling the center and incorporating strength, cardio & flexibility through their branded Stroller Barre and Stroller Strides workouts. How’s that for double duty! Speaking of doodie, no worries about fussy babies or taking time out to take care of that diaper, the class is set up so that moms can get their workout and keep their baby entertained. After class there are structured playgroups for the kids and social time for moms. Your first class is always free. READ MORE

KENNEDY SHRIVER AQUATIC CENTER 5900 Executive Boulevard

Strap on a deep-water belt and try out this cardiovascular exercise with no weight-bearing stress. If you think working out without weights is easy, try water resistance. Great for cross-training or rehabilitating a lingering injury. You can buy deep water belts at the pool for $20.  READ MORE

The latest on The Gables

The Gables

The Gables project is a much-anticipated 476-apartment complex with 31,000 square feet of commercial space set to be built on Old Georgetown Road. On April 30, the Planning Board will review The Gables’ preliminary plan and site plan for the project.  As you may recall, this project requires the realignment of Executive Boulevard (the Western Workaround) and will hopefully bring the new parking required for the expansion of Wall Park.

Eddie Meder, Gables Development Associate said, “The Pike District is an extraordinary area, and we are excited to move forward and start construction.”

In order to transform Wall Park’s current surface parking lot into beautiful green space for the community, a parking garage for the Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center must be built. “We’ve set aside land on our property to accommodate the approximately 400 garage spaces needed for the Aquatic Center and the proposed recreation center,” said Eddie Meder. “We’ve engineered a solution where we can phase-in the garage,  building spaces for our mixed-use property, 250 spaces to replace the existing Aquatic Center surface parking lot, and someday, another 150 spaces for the recreation center.  We’re ready, willing, and able to make the parking garage work, and I know the County is trying their best to figure out how to fund their share of the cost. We look forward to working with the County to create the largest public amenity, an enlarged and engaging Wall Park, in the Pike District.”

The Gables project will also incorporate artistic elements including one that is composed of a colored Plexiglas panel configuration that will be part of the elevated walkway that links the East and Central buildings and another that will will feature a projected video underneath the East building.Artistic element