We hope these questions and answers help you learn more about Garrett Park Pool. If you have additional questions, please don’t hesitate to ask one of the board members or our staff.
How do I renew?
The membership renewal process runs through the pool’s website now. Members received the id and password they must use by email. It’s important to update your membership information first, and then move on to renew and pay.
Can I be a member?
The waitlist for out-of-bounds residents is currently CLOSED.
Pursuant to Garrett Park Swimming Pool Association Bylaws, membership is open to residents of Garrett Park, Garrett Park Estates, White Flint Park, and Strathmore Place. This includes both owners and renters. Residents of those four neighborhoods do not need to be placed on a wait list. Membership does not convey with the sale or rental of a home.
When membership drops below the maximum as defined by the bylaws, the Board of Directors may offer memberships to non-residents who have indicated their interest by joining the waitlist. Our waitlist is CLOSED. There is a fee of $75 to join the GPSPA waitlist.
To become a member please fill out the application form.
What does membership cost?
New members must pay a one-time initiation fee of $600 per adult member.
Returning member fees for 2023 are:
-$320 for each Adult Member
-$350 for each additional adult over two adult Members (Adult Houseguest, Other Adult, Dependents 22+)
-$100 for each Inactive Adult Member
-$100 for each child (Dependent) between the ages of 3 and 21 as of June 1 of the current season
-Free for children younger than 3 as of June 1, 2023
In a household with more than 1 parent/guardian, both parents must be active members for dependent children under 22 to be members, even if the parents/guardians do NOT intend to swim.
How do I join the Wait List?
When membership drops below the maximum as defined by the bylaws, the Board of Directors may offer memberships to non-residents who have indicated their interest by joining the waitlist.
Our waitlist is now CLOSED. We will reopen the waitlist when it drops below 30 households. There is a fee of $75 to join the GPSPA waitlist. Joining the waitlist does not guarantee an offer of membership, and it is possible that the wait for a membership could be many years.
Please fill out the membership application to join the waitlist.
Can I transfer my pool membership if I move or no longer want it?
Garrett Park Pool Memberships are not transferable under any circumstances. If you no longer want your membership, you may resign it, or if you aren’t sure, you can pay a fee to remain an inactive member for a maximum of two years. Inactive Status must be declared by May 25 of the season for which you are requesting inactive status.
Can my member parents “give” me their membership, or bequeath it to me?
Membership may not be passed through a family from generation to generation, nor may it be “inherited.” You will need to submit a membership application for yourself.
I am renting from people who are members, but they are living overseas. Can I use the homeowner’s membership?
No. Membership does not convey with a property, either to renters or to subsequent owners. If you are renting and are within the pool’s residency boundaries you may apply for membership for yourself and other members of the household.
I have just bought a house in the neighborhood and the sellers were members. Did their membership convey with the house?
No. The membership goes with the family; it is not attached to the property. If you would like to join the pool, please submit an application.
Children at the pool
Do I pay dues for all my dependents, even my toddler?
Children who are under the age of 3 as of June 1 of the current swim season are free. All other dependent children must pay the Junior Member dues, $100 in the 2023 season.
What should my NON-TOILET TRAINED child wear to swim?
Every NON-TOILET TRAINED CHILD MUST WEAR TIGHT-FITTING RUBBER PANTS AND A DIAPER. Tight-fitting rubber pants are usually available at Target or Buy Buy Baby and online. Check the toilet-training aisles for them. This is extremely important and a county health department regulation.
When can my child swim without me?
Children under eight who pass the beginner’s swim test may swim without an adult. A child who has not passed the beginner’s test must be under direct supervision of an adult while in the water. The adult must have ready access to the child at all times and remain alert. A pool filled with active youngsters can “hide” a young child in trouble; trouble which can occur in seconds.
What is the beginner’s swim test?
The beginner’s swim test consists of swimming one length of the lap pool (25 meters), followed by one minute of treading water. The beginner’s test must be administered by a life guard. See the manager on duty to schedule a test.
When can my child use the diving boards?
Children under eight who pass the beginner’s swim test may use the diving boards. Please keep your child’s abilities and stamina in mind; many children who pass the test are still young and tire easily. Parents should be mindful of where their swimmers are at all times.
What are the pool’s hours?
The pool’s hours of operation are below:
Opening Weekend (Sat/Sun): 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Memorial Day: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
May 30 – June 16
Mon-Thu: 3-8 p.m.
Friday: 3-9 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
June 17 – August 27: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. daily
June 18 – August 27: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily
Tuesday/Thursday Moonlight Swim (19+, lap swim): 9 – 10:30 p.m.
August 28 – September 3
Sun (8/28): 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Mon-Thu: 3-8 p.m.
Friday: 3-9 p.m.
Labor Day, September 4 (Last Day!)
Hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Dog Swim: 7 p.m.-8 p.m.
How much does it cost to bring a guest to the pool?
Daily Guest Fee: $10 per person over age 2. Within one hour of closing, guests do not pay a fee.
Note: Guest credits are not reimbursable once they are used, regardless of the operating status of the pools. Please plan accordingly!
You are able to purchase guest passes online once the season starts.
Weekly passes for houseguests may be purchased by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I bring food or beverage in GLASS containers to the pool?
Food or drink can only be consumed in designated areas and is not allowed on cement pool decks. GLASS CONTAINERS OR GLASSWARE OF ANY KIND IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED ON POOL GROUNDS.
What happens when it rains, thunders and/or lightnings?
The pools and pool grounds will be closed in the event of thunder and/or lightning and will remain closed for a minimum of 30 minutes after each occurrence. If it rains so hard that the staff cannot see the bottom of the pool, the pools may also close until the bottom is visible again. Pool managers have the authority to close any of the pools in the event of a health or safety concern.
How will I know if the pool closes?
Members are notified via the website, twitter or email when the pool closes because of rain or lightning. As a rule in the event of thunder and/or lightning we will remain closed for a minimum of 30 minutes after each occurrence. An eMail is sent to members with updated information on the pool. You can also follow the pool on twitter to get timely news about pool status.
I want to have a party/family gathering/birthday party at the pool. What should I do?
If you wish to host a party at the pool and you want to ensure that there will be picnic tables/space for your guests on the grounds, you must submit a form with pertinent information about the party, and receive written communication from pool management that your party has been approved. The form is available here.
Does GPSPA spray for any kind of bugs?
Because of increasing public health concerns over diseases transmitted by mosquitoes & ticks, the pool grounds are now treated for these pests every three weeks by Mosquito Joe, as well as ongoing attempts by pool staff to eliminate sources of standing water and dark/dank places where mosquitoes can congregate. Non-flower foliage/lawn are treated with a variety of EPA-approved products and in the case of flowering plants, Mosquito Joe will use an all-natural product that has no effect on bees. Treatment is applied before the pool opens. More information is available here.
Can I smoke at the GP Pool?
No. Smoking and vaping are prohibited on the entirety of the pool property.
Where is the Lost and Found?
The lost and found is located near the vending machine and ping pong table. Please claim your items!! Unclaimed articles will be donated to charity or disposed of at the end of each month.
Where to Park
— The parking lot is available for members while using the pool.
— Do not park where curbs are painted yellow when parking on the street.
— Parking on Cambria between the playground and Strathmore is allowed only on the playground side. Parking on the opposite side of Cambria blocks emergency vehicles from accessing the pool and homes in that part of the neighborhood.
Thanks for helping us keep the pool area and neighborhood safe.