WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -- Marriott's Wardman Park Hotel is accused of ignoring a health department closure order and reopening its pool despite a citation for two "imminent health hazards."
According to a District Health Department memorandum obtained by 9 Wants to Know, the Marriott Wardman Park swimming pool was ordered closed Friday, June 8, but the hotel continued operation despite the multiple risk suspension.
The Wardman Park Hotel at 2660 Woodley Road, NW is a 1300-room Marriott located near the National Zoo.
Monday, Marriott-branded signs surrounded pool entrances stating "the pool is currently closed for unforeseen maintenance."
According to the documents obtained by 9 Wants To Know under the Freedom of Information Act, the closure was ordered by the D.C. Health Department, alleging staff was "unable to provide certification" of life guarding and CPR training, that the "water system was in disrepair" and conditions created a "hazard to the public."
Marriott Wardman Park was also cited for ignoring the citation and reopening prior to a compliance inspection as ordered.
Marriott declined an on-camera interview, but issued a statement saying the pool's management is controlled by an outside company.
"We take matters of safety and security very seriously," said Marriott spokesman Mark Indre. "We contract with an outside pool management company to oversee the safe, day-to-day operation and management of our pool and we have addressed this matter with them. The pool is closed until further notice as we look into this situation and ensure our pools continue to proivide a place for enjoyment, recreation and relaxation."
A pool safety consultant we spoke with called ignoring a closure order a real problem.
"That would be pretty bad," said Michigan consultant John Gable. "You can't pull down closure signs, that's just a no, no. The hotel is seriously liable for trouble if they did that."
When a 9 Wants to Know producer visited the hotel Monday, he didn't observe any official District closure signs, but the pool remained closed.
The District Department of Health said it would take 24 hours for officials to respond to questions about regulations involving District pool closures.
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