Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Banneker Pool opens May 25, to be operated by CrossFit and personal training gym

The Banneker Pool at Georgia and Euclid has an opening date, and there will be some changes this year. A San Francisco-based gym company, Intense Artisan Fitness, which focuses on CrossFit and personal training, will be funding improvements to the pool, in exchange for operating it.

The new venture will keep the pool free and open to the public for an hour a day, 9 am to 10 am every day. At other times, only members will be able to use it, with rates starting at $100 a month. Seems a little steep to me.

The name of the pool will change too, to Intense Artisan at Banneker.

The improvements will include full-time personal lifeguards, Crossfit fitness implements where the baby pool used to be, renovated shower rooms (which were getting a little grungy), waterproof USB ports, and a juice bar which will sell fresh juices like wheatberry and ginger, cucumber and lemongrass, and other ones designed to replenish electrolytes and nutrients. They start at $14. The company will also replace the missing diving board -- previously the second one was broken.

They will also offer classes, which are free for members and $50 for non-members, such as outdoor CrossFit, water yoga, and hot water yoga.

I guess we'll see if the fitness improvements make the changes worth it.


  1. I never thought it would happen, but it looks like Columbia Heights is finally starting to gentrify!

  2. Yeah, April 1. . .


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