DC: Washington-Lee High School Pool and Track

Washington Lee High School pool and track[line]

Crash Course: With an affordable public pool for practicing your strokes, and a free track for running sprints and speed drills, Washington-Lee High School is a hidden fitness gem in the heart of Ballston.

[line] [left]where: 1301 N Stafford St. | Arlington, VA

bring: [pool] towel, shower shoes, lock [track] sneakers

perks: cheap swimming, free track, large, clean facilities

sweat score: Up to you!

[/left][right]wear: swimming/running gear

instructor: yes


cost: swimming is $5.50 for Arlington residents and $7 for non-residents[/right][line]

Hello Fit Crashers! I’m so happy to be back crashing with you all today. After undergoing surgery on my foot back in January, I took a bit of a break from the crashing scene, as my crutches limited me to Pilates videos in my apartment. Eventually my doctor cleared me for swimming, which brings me to today’s crash!

If you’re anything like me, sometimes you just want to add something different to your fitness routine. Of course I love barre, yoga, spin, and Pilates as much as the next girl, but doing the same thing from week to week can get old fast. Adding something different to your routine – like swimming – is great way to work different muscles and get you out of a fitness rut.

Washington Lee High School pool and trackI had heard lots of great things about the pool at Washington-Lee High School in Ballston, so as soon as my doc cleared me for swimming I jumped right in! (Pun absolutely intended.)

The pool is located on the N Quincy Street side of the high school, and has free parking for two hours for pool visitors.

Washington Lee High School pool and track(I like to work out at the crack of dawn, hence the dark photo!)

Swimming at Washington-Lee doesn’t cost much; it’s just $5.50 for Arlington residents and $7 for non-residents.

Truthfully the locker room is a bit dated and nothing special, but it gets the job done. Be sure to bring your own lock, shower gear, and towel!

Washington Lee High School pool and track

Sexy swimming selfie FTW!

Once you exit the locker room you’ll walk over to the pool, which has about nine lanes for swimming. There’s also a tank area where you can swim if you’re a little slower or just want to work on some drills.

Washington Lee High School pool and trackWhen I went at 6am on a Thursday morning it was pretty crowded (there were two people using each lane), and since I’m not the best swimmer I did my laps in the tank area. It got the job done!

Overall I was really impressed with the pool, and definitely plan to go back to get my cardio in while my foot finishes healing.

Washington Lee High School pool and track

In addition to the awesome pool facilities, Washington-Lee High School offers a great track for getting your running workouts in!

Washington Lee High School pool and trackAlthough running around the various paths in DC is my favorite way to pound the pavement, I also recognize the importance of getting some speed drills in if you are trying to set a new PR.

Washington Lee High School pool and track

Located on the Washington Blvd and N Stafford Street side of the school, the track at Washington-Lee is the perfect place to practice all your strides, fartleks, and sprints.

Washington Lee High School pool and trackSometimes the track will get a little crowded with other runners/running groups, but I’ve never had any issues with not having enough room to do my own thing.

Overall between the affordable public pool and the free track, Washington-Lee High School offers local fitness enthusiasts great options for switching up their workout routine.

Washington Lee High School pool and track

Chelsea Clark is the blogger behind the health and fitness blog, ChelseaEatsTreats.com. When she’s not blogging, Fit Crashing, or training for (another) half marathon, Chelsea works as the Communications Manager for a health and wellness-focused nonprofit organization. Chelsea lives in the Courthouse region of Arlington, VA, with her boyfriend and dog.


  1. Lisa April 2, 2015 / 10:05 am

    Nothing groundbreaking in your review. What are the HOURS? Are there weekly special events? Let me me give you a hint…there are. What day of the week is the track closed?

    Also, the locker room at the pool is ~3 years old. It’s a pretty nice upgrade after the renovation.

    • The Fit Crasher April 2, 2015 / 10:07 am

      Hi Lisa – thanks for your comment and for letting us know that there are weekly special events at the track and pool. Could you please provide a link so we can share? Great tip!

      • Lisa April 13, 2015 / 11:44 pm

        Isn’t that your ‘job’ to do the research?

        • The Fit Crasher April 13, 2015 / 11:51 pm

          Hi Lisa – The Fit Crasher contributors are all volunteer and we do our best to provide helpful, honest, informative posts about great places to workout. Sorry you didn’t find this one particularly useful. Appreciate your input!

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