FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (May 31, 2012) -- While members of the Fort Meade community spent Memorial Day at the swimming pool to mark the traditional beginning of summer, the pool off of Rock Avenue remained empty.

The pool, which is typically available to service members, civilians, retirees and their families, will not open this year due to budget constraints.

However, the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation is offering a list of pool options in the nearby community for service members and their families.

"Our service members are always our number 1 priority," said Lauren Williams, acting chief of athletics, fitness and aquatics. "I have operated the outdoor pool for 10 years and it's very important to me to find other outdoor pools in the area that can offer a discount for our military families. We understand how important it is to have somewhere to relax and swim with family during the summer."

Through relationships with other pools in the surrounding areas, DFMWR has helped to provide several alternatives for service members and their families to take a dip during the summer at prices comparable to those at the Rock Avenue Pool.

The pools, which are located in Laurel, Glen Burnie, Annapolis and Columbia, are providing special rates for service members.

"We have been fortunate to find some great locations that want to support our military families and offer a discounted rate," Williams said.

Community pools

* Fairland Aquatic Center, 13820/13950 Old Gunpowder Road, Laurel
Cost: $6 for adults, $5 for children and seniors
Information: 301-362-6060

* North Arundel Aquatic Center, 7888 Crain Highway, Glen Burnie
Cost: $4 for active-duty service members and children
Family swim pass for 20 visits is available for $68.
Information: 410-222-0090

* Arundel Olympic Swim Center, 2690 Riva Road, Annapolis
Cost: $4 for active-duty service members and children
Information: 410-222-7933 or 301-970-2216

* Columbia Association: 5435 Beaverkill Road, Columbia
Cost: $4 for adults, $2 for children
Information: 410-730-6744