Once again this year, we will offer lap swimming during the month of September in our lap pool!  We will begin on Tuesday, September 3, and that pool will close on Monday, September 30.  This swim-at-your-own-risk opportunity is for ADULTS ONLY (age 21 and over), because there will not be a lifeguard on duty.  The pool will be set up for lap swimming only—this is not for recreational swimming, and this is for KRA members only.  


The hours are as follows (same hours as last year):

         Monday, Wednesday, Friday     5:30AM-noon and 4:PM-7:PM

        Tuesday, Thursday                    5:30AM-2:PM and 4:PM-7:PM

        Saturday, Sunday                      8:AM-3:PM


All swimmers must enter through the gate near the swim shed and basketball court in the field.  It is suggested that you park at the bottom of the parking lot and walk across the field, though there may be times when you will be able to use the gravel road and park at the end of the field near the gate you will use. Please remember that there is a security system in the pool area, and if you come at a time not listed above, you will set off the alarm.


Each swimmer who participates in this program must:

        -sign a waiver and program rules agreement

        -pay a $50.00 fee (per person)

        -get a key


We must have a signed paper copy of the waiver, payment must be by check (to KRA) or in cash, and you must pick up the key in person. This will take 5-10 minutes, so please allow yourself some time.  Here are times when you can take care of this:

     Saturday, August 17, 10:AM-8:PM

     Monday through Friday, August 19-23, 6:AM-2:PM

Wednesday, August 21, 5:30-7:30PM

Monday through Friday, August 26-30, 6:AM-1:PM

Wednesday, August 28, 6:30-7:30PM

Saturday, August 31, 10:AM-8:PM

Monday, September 2, 12:PM-5:PM


If none of these times are convenient for you, please contact Martha Hodges.


Mark your calendars now for Men’s Night on Thursday, August 22, 7:PM - 11:PM. Guys, this is your night to have Kanawha all to yourselves. Kanawha will provide hot grills, side dishes, beverages, and Cornhole boards. You need to bring whatever meat you want to grill. There will be 3 Cornhole sets out for a tournament, and you’re welcome to bring cards for some poker. The cost is $12.00 per person, and guests are welcome. Sign up online at


Scott and some other area tennis pros will be offering tennis camps the weeks of August 19-23 and 26-30.


Weeks of August 19 and August 26

- 9:00am- 12:00pm
- Ages 6-16
- $225 per week
*Hosted by Scott Mitchell, Pat Anderson, Leslie Upson, and several college tennis players.*

Playing Level:- Beginner, intermediate, and advanced instruction for all levels!!

What to Expect:
- Intense drills, point play, and match play for experienced players to get them ready for school tryouts
- Advanced players will be grouped by ability
- Technique lessons for beginner and intermediate level players

-Pool time for the younger campers

*Email: Leslie Upson at:

or Scott Mitchell at: to sign up*

Red, orange, and green ball groups.


Senior members are invited to join friends under the pavilion for great evening of friends, drinks, and STEAK. This is for our Senior members (60 or over) and everyone is asked to bring a side dish to share. Kanawha will provide the steaks and the drinks. Senior guests are welcomed, and this is a time when former members love to come to catch up with long-time Kanawha friends. The cost is $10 per person, and you may sign up on or in the back office by Tuesday evening.

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Christian's Specialty Pizza Night - 8/6/19

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, August 6, to spend the evening at Kanawha! Why? Two reasons!

1. It is Christian’s Specialty Pizza Night at the snack bar! Order any specialty pizza from their menu ( by 3:PM on Tuesday, and it will be ready for you by 6:PM at the pool! You can either order and pay at the snack bar any time before Tuesday at 3, or you can call the Kanawha office (288-4421) , and pay when you pick up the pizza. Christian’s will also be selling slices of cheese, pepperoni, and specialty pizzas (classic supreme and spinach feta pesto) on a first come, first serve basis. Bring guests for the $5.00 guest fee.

2. Come check out the new basketball hoop on the side of the big pool! Many other pools in the area have them, and ours is being delivered on Monday, August 5! Who’s excited??



The snack bar staff is going to start a new offering on Fridays, beginning July 26. They will grill hot dogs and sell them for $1.00. If there is a big enough crowd at lunch time, they will grill for an hour or so then, but since there is usually a bigger crowd on Friday evenings, they will definitely grill hot dogs at dinner time. They have not set a specific time, and they will do it based on the crowd, but they will probably be grilling from around 5:45 until 7:00, or shortly after. The weather forecast for this Friday is beautiful, the water in the pools has cooled off, swim team and dive team are over, and it’s cool enough to play some fun tennis, so if you’re in town, come relax by the pool or on the courts and get your grilled hot dogs.

For those of you who haven’t heard, KRA’s dive team was undefeated in dual meets this season, so they won the regular season. They placed 1st overall at champs, 1st in the novice and regular divisions at champs, and 2nd in the X division at champs. The swim team place 5th out of 20 teams at champs and finished in 5th place overall for the season. Congratulations to both teams on great seasons. Thank you to all the coaches and to our volunteer league reps: Kathy Gregory for diving and Laura Walton and Tracy Collier for swimming. Now we have 5 weeks left for full relaxation at KRA. Start it off with a relaxing hot dog dinner on Friday.



On Saturday, July 27, all pools will close at 7:PM. Our long-time dive coach, Dougie Phillips, is retiring after 40 years, and we are celebrating that with her. If you or anyone in your family has participated in the KRA dive program over the years, and you would like more details about the celebration, please contact Martha Hodges. This is a time when divers past and present can catch up with Dougie.


On Saturday, July 13, Kanawha will be hosting one of the RVA Splash and Dash events. Children will be competing in an aquathlon: 100-meter swim followed by a 1-mile run. We need volunteers to help us with this. Some of the volunteers will be timers, and some will be on the running course directing the runners where to go. The running course is in the immediate Kanawha area, and the finish line is in our field. Volunteers can be adults or middle/high school students who need community service hours for school. Volunteers will need to be at Kanawha at 7:AM, and they will be done by 10:AM. We need 30 volunteers, and they do not need to all be Kanawha members, so student volunteers are encouraged to bring friends. If you are willing to volunteer, please contact Martha Hodges by email: Thank you. We look forward to having a fun event on Saturday.


Wimbledon Wooden Racquets Social

Sunday July 14th

Time: 9:00 - 11:30

Cost: $20

In the spirit of the Wimbledon Championships, jump back in time for a morning of round robin point play with fellow KRA members. Registration includes Strawberries and Cream, Pimm’s Cups, and Mimosas. Wooden Racquets will be available.


Don’t forget that the RVA Splash and Dash event on July 13 will be held at Kanawha at 8:AM. Children 17 and under may compete in a race that combines swimming and running. Each competitor will swim 100 meters and then run 1 mile. This event is sponsored by the Live Red Foundation. To register, go to

Lap Lane Availability

There have been some questions about when there are lap lanes available during regular pool hours. On weekends there are always 3 lap lanes available. On weekdays during swim team season, there are 3 lap lanes available on Mondays and Fridays, from 11:30AM until 9:PM. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, there are 3 lanes available from 11:30AM until 4:PM and from 6:PM to 9:PM. During the 4:PM - 6:PM time, when afternoon practice is going on, lane 8 is open for LAP SWIMMING ONLY. The championship meet for swimming will be on July 24, so the last day of practice will be July 23. Beginning July 24, there will be 3 lap lanes available whenever the pools are open.

July 4 at KRA and Other News


The 2019 directories have arrived. Please pick yours up from the gatekeeper the next time you come to KRA. We have enough for only 1 per family, please.


The last home swim meet of this season is Monday, July 1. All pools will close at 5:PM that evening. The remaining 2 swim meets and the championship meet are away, so they will not affect our schedule.


Join us for our July 4 celebration. The first event is the bike parade, which will start at 11:30. Children may decorate their bikes, scooters, wagons, or other wheeled vehicles and parade around the pools. After the parade we will have a variety of events: coin dives, swimming relay races, big splash contest, belly flop contest, and random prize drawings. You do not need to register ahead of time for those. We will have some events for the young children right after the parade, but most of the other events will begin around 12:45. Also there will be a chicken lunch, which will begin around 12:00-12:15. If you want to join in on the lunch, you must register in advance, either online or in the back office. The cost of lunch is $12.00 per family, and we also ask each family to bring a side dish. Please sign up for lunch by Tuesday evening so that we know how much chicken to get. All activities should conclude around 3:00, and guests are welcome, for the standard $5.00 guest fee.



JULY 13, 8:AM

Once again this summer Kanawha is hosting one of the Splash & Dash events. There is a series of 4 Splash & Dash events, held at 4 different pools. The June 22 event was at Hallsley, the June 29 event will be at Avalon, the July 13 event will be at Kanawha, and the July 20 event will be at Burkwood. A Splash and Dash is an aquathlon, or an event that combines swimming and running. Each child will swim 100 meters and then run 1 mile. The run will start as the racers exit the pool area and end in the Kanawha field. They will run in the area very close to Kanawha. These events are open to children age 17 and younger. They do not have to be members of the swim team. Kanawha members are also invited to compete in other events in the series.

Splash and Dash is sponsored by Endorphin Fitness and the Live Red Foundation. For more information and to register, please go to It will be an exciting morning of competition and a good chance for children to try a multi-sport event.


Thursday, June 20, is LADIES NIGHT. All pools will close at 7:PM for the affair. Fathers, it’s your night to make the dinner plans for the kids. (Cereal, anyone?)

Ladies, also remember that the Deep Water Aerobics Class will begin on Tuesday, June 25, in the dive well at 6:30. The class will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 7:15, starting June 25 and running through August 15, but there will not be class on July 4. Missy Mauck will be the primary instructor. The fee for the class is $60.00 for members and $80.00 for non-members. Participants should bring their own belts. Please bring your check to the first class.



JUNE 14, 4:30-8:45

Join all your friends at KRA to celebrate the beginning of the carefree days of summer. No more homework, no more packing lunches, no more last minute trips to Target for project supplies, though now you have swim meets in the rain and dive meets in the blazing heat. The DJ will start playing at 4:30. Pizzas from Christians will be delivered at 6:00, with a second load coming at 6:30. Pizzas must be ordered by Thursday, June 13. Please go to www.krarva,org. Cheese pizzas are $11.00, and pepperoni pizzas are $13.00. Please remember that if you bring guests, you will need to pay the %5.00 guest fee. Also, remember that alcohol is not allowed when the pools are open.



It’s time to stop packing lunches and checking over homework!!!  Friday June 14, is our annual School’s Out Pizza Party.   Our specially priced pizzas, Cheese for $11 & Pepperoni for $13,  must be ordered online via before Thursday June 13.  They will be delivered from Christian’s at 6 and 6:30 pm.  The DJ will start playing at 4:30, and new this year, we will have our very own sno-cone station.  All guests must pay the $5.00 guest fee. Also, please remember that alcohol is not permitted at Kanawha when the pools are open. Friday, June 14, is our first 10:AM-9:PM pool day.


Ladies Night is Thursday June 20, from 7:PM to 11:PM.  Sign up online or in the back office.  The cost is $15.00, and guests are welcome.  



Our first home swim meet is this Sunday, June 9, at 2:00. Therefore, all the pools will close at 1:00. The swim meet schedule is made by the James River Aquatic Club, and the first one is always on a Sunday afternoon because public schools are still in session. For safety reasons, all the pools must be closed during a swim meet. Our other home swim meets both be on Monday evenings, so this is the only one that interferes with the weekend schedule.

In case you missed them this past weekend, limeades and snow cones have returned to the snack bar. Be sure to check them out on your next visit.

Please remember that alcohol is NOT permitted at Kanawha when the pools are open. Also, please help us keep Kanawha clean by making sure all trash is put in trash cans. Recyclables (empty aluminum cans, empty plastic bottles, and clean cardboard boxes, but no pizza boxes) go in the blue cans. All other trash should be put in the tan/gray cans. Thank you.


Welcome to another Kanawha summer!  Opening Night and Opening Day festivities were a hit. Thanks to our hard working staff and board members making it all happen.   With a new summer brings new ideas and changes.   We are excited to announce a new snack bar vendor.   We have secured Christians Pizza and Tropical Smoothie to run our snack bar.   Please bear with us as we work out the kinks during this transition.   We promise the limeades will be flowing by next weekend and new items will be added to the menu, including some of our favorites that were missing on Saturday.   Let’s have a great summer at Kanawha!