Fenty's Favorite Pool Gets $75K Heater

WASHINGTON -- One of the city's 19 outdoor pools now is heated after a $75,000 upgrade, the Washington Post reported.

The East Potomac Pool upgrade stirred up rumors that it was done for D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty, who sometimes used the pool at Hains Point to train for triathlons.

Fenty said he was unaware of the new heater and denies that the installation was done to serve his training schedule.

The Post reported that the heater is part of a plan to extend the outdoor swimming season at East Potomac, Banneker and Anacostia pools, Department of Parks and Recreation John Stokes said.

Councilman Harry Thomas Jr., who chairs the Committee on Libraries, Parks and Recreation but didn't know about the heater, either, called it an unnecessary luxury in tight budget times, the Post reported.

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