About Us

If you are looking for a great place to relax, have fun with family and friends and get some exercise, then SHRA is the place for you. Set in the lovely woodsy area of Sleepy Hollow in Falls Church, Virginia, we have lots to offer – dips in the pool, youth and adult teams and activities, tennis fun and exciting social events sprinkled throughout the year.

With beautifully landscaped grounds, shaded umbrellas to sit under, an expansive pool deck for sunning, a covered pavilion for private party rentals, a fun kiddie pool with fountains and lots of great friends, this is the swim club for relaxing.

SHRA is a members-only club that is owned and maintained by its membership as a non-profit 501(c)7 organization. Its Board of Directors consists of 11 volunteers who are elected for two year terms and are responsible for the strategic and overall operational management of the club. However, volunteers from the membership are necessary to assist with event set up, pool opening tasks and end of season clean-up.

Members – please look for opportunities to strengthen our community and to keep our pool a wonderful place to gather!

History

On March 10, 1959, ground was broken on the 5.5-acre tract of land in the Holmes Run Valley that is now the home to the Sleepy Hollow Recreation Association (SHRA). The pool opened on July 4, 1959, with 350 members and a waiting list of over 100. That summer saw SHRA’s first participation in the Northern Virginia Swim League, and by the next year, the swim team had 87 participants and sent 5 swimmers to All Stars.

Over the years, the team has grown to as many as 163 participants in 1975, and has successfully competed in Divisions ranging from 1 (in the early 70’s) to 13 (in the mid-90’s). With an influx of swimmers in late 1996, the team rose back to Division 3 and currently is in Division 8.

As with the swim team, the facility has also changed over the years. Four additional tennis courts were added in the mid 1970’s, bringing the total to five. The usable ground space was increased significantly by the expansion of the pool enclosure and the removal of underbrush. A beautiful new pavilion and spectator-friendly side deck were added in recent years. With all of these changes, the club still maintains a family-friendly atmosphere in a park-like setting.

SHRA continues to be a vibrant club. In addition to the swim team, a dive team and tennis team both enjoy strong participation. The teams participate in a number of events outside their scheduled meets and matches, including pep rallies, evening parties, a senior dinner and, of course, the end of the season banquet.

 

I was reading the history and have many fond memories of spending almost all my waking hours during the summer at SHRA. While the pool was being built, we spent a lot of time in the mud. The pool’s opening was delayed to the 4th of July because of a mud slide coming down the hill from the houses being built above the pool, we’re talking a lot of mud. But the opening was a success. The four additional tennis courts were actually added during the mid 70’s. I believe the upper deck was added in the early 80’s. Nonetheless the pool looks great.

I went by the pool back in November, while my sister was visiting her grand daughter. We had to have a picture of 3rd generation Breen Family at the pool. Happy to see the pool in great shape, I’m sure all the originals would be happy to see how great it looks & the improvements that had been done.

-Maureen Breen (original Member # 1 family)

 

Amenities

Want to play some tennis? Take a dip in the pool? Read a book while your kids frolic? Check out what SHRA has to offer:

  • Located in a 5.5 acre wooded setting, leading you to believe you have left the hustle and bustle of the DC area
  • One 25 meter lap pool with two 1-meter dive boards
  • One lap lane always available
  • Enclosed wading pool for toddlers and pre-schoolers (up to age 6 only)
  • 5 Tennis courts
  • Children’s play area
  • Adult tennis teams
  • Youth swim, dive and tennis teams
  • Northern Virginia Swimming League swim team with league “A” and developmental “B” meet schedule
  • Swimming, tennis and dive lessons
  • Extensive hardscaping and poolside patio seating
  • Plenty of grills open to members
  • A covered picnic shelter available for use and rental for member events (2 hr)
  • One fifteen-minute adults-only swim break every hour
  • Pool opens early on Sundays for adults-only swimming sessions
  • Snack Shack
  • Regular adult, family and children’s activities with theme oriented social events
  • WiFi Internet Access – BYOC (Bring your own Computer!)
  • Lockers available for lockup while swimming
Our Location

Our pool and mailing address is:

3538 Sleepy Hollow Road, Falls Church, VA 22041

Phone (during pool hours): (703) 941-0456





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