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.

Membership
Children at the pool
Important Information–guests, glass, weather, parties, pests, smoking, lost and found

Membership

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? If you reside in Garrett Park, Garrett Park Estates, White Flint Park, or Strathmore Place, you may be a member. This includes both owners and renters. Both parents must be active members for their children to swim. Membership does not convey with the sale or rental of a home. If you live in one of these neighborhoods and wish to join, please start here. If you do not live in one of these neighborhoods, we do not have an option for you to join at this time.

How do I join the Wait List?  As of March 2017, the waitlist is closed to new families. With more than 80 families on the list, and no space since 2013, the wait is likely to be many years. Thank you for your interest.

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 nominal fee to remain an inactive member. Click here for more information about resigning your membership.

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.

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. Click here to start your application.

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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 May 1, 2017 are free. All other dependent children are $80 in 2017.

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.

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Important Information

How much does it cost to bring a guest to the pool? Daily guest fees vary depending on the age of the guest, day of the week, and time of the day. You will be able to purchase guest passes online once the season starts. Daily guest fees:

Weekdays Sat/Sun/Holiday After 6pm
Child (1-17) $3 $4 $2
Adult (18+) $4 $5 $2

Weekly passes for houseguests may be purchased by contacting membership@garrettparkpool.org.
Weekly guest fees for children (1-17) are $15 and for adults are $25.

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?  Pursuant to state and local laws, cigarette smoking is restricted to the upper part of the pool grounds adjacent to the tennis court. Montgomery County Swim League rules prohibit smoking anywhere on the pool grounds while a swim meet is in progress.

Where is the Lost and Found?  The lost and found basket is located behind the front desk near the vending machines. Please claim your items!!  Unclaimed articles will be donated to charity or disposed of at the end of each month.

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