Frequently Asked Questions 2014

How do I become a member of the PG Pool?
On March 15, 2014, PG Pool will start accepting membership applications from people who were members in 2013. Simply visit our secure membership website to join. Just click "login" and follow the prompts.

After that, we will start asking those on the waiting list if they want to join, taking them in order until our membership cap is reached. Visit our home page to join the waiting list.

How much does membership cost?
Adult: $160 (Everybody age 21 and over on opening day)
1 Child: $60 (Age 2 and over on opening day)
2 or more children: $120
Senior: $120 (Age 60 and over on opening day)
Household: $35
*Babysitter: $60 (This person may visit the pool an unlimited number of times ONLY when accompanied by a member. The babysitter may not be a member of your immediate family.)

All adults (21-69 on Opening Day) pay a refundable co-op deposit: $100 up to the age of 59; those age 60-69 pay $50; members age 70 and over do not pay a co-op deposit. Co-op deposits are refundable.

*Houseguests may join a membership for up to a month for a fee of $75 per adult and $35 per dependent child. Please log into your account and click on the 'Add a Household Guest' tab.

*These categories will be available in mid-May.

Can my nanny/babysitter bring my children to the pool without me?
Yes, a babysitter pass may be added to your membership at a cost of $60.00. This person may visit the pool an unlimited number of times ONLY when accompanied by a member. Please contact the membership team at info[at]pgpoolmembers[dot]org for more information about adding a babysitter to your membership. A babysitter may not be a member of your immediate family.

Is the pool open all year?
No. The season runs from the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend through the Monday of Labor Day weekend.

What are the hours?

Regular Pool Hours
Mon-Fri 12:00pm - 8:30pm
Saturday 10:00am - 10:30pm*
Sunday 10:00am - 8:30pm

The pool grounds close 30 minutes after the pool closes except on Fridays when the grounds are open until 11:00pm.

Early Swim
Mon-Fri 6:30am - 8:30am
Sat-Sun & Holidays 8:00am - 10:00am*

Toddler Swim
Mon-Fri 10:00am - 12:00pm*

*Except on Opening Day when the grounds open at 11:30 and the pools at 12:00pm and when we have home swim meets, when the pools and grounds open at 12:00pm. The latter will be highlighted in our weekly newsletter and on our website.

Holidays
Memorial Day & Labor Day 8:00 - 10:00am Early Swim 10:00am - 8:30pm Pools Open
July 4th 8:00 - 10:00am Early Swim 10:00am - 7:00pm Pools Open

What’s the phone number and address for the pool?
The pool address is 3301 Buchanan Street (between Queens Chapel Road and 34th Street), Mt. Rainier, MD 20712; the mailing address is PO BOX 181, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712. The phone number is 301-277-8896. It is ONLY answered during pool opening hours.

Can I bring guests to the pool? Do they have to pay a fee?
Upon payment of the appropriate fee, each membership may bring in up to eight (8) non-member guests on any one day without providing prior notice (i.e. completing the Party Rental Form). Guests must be accompanied by members while on the pool grounds, i.e. the member and the guest(s) must be on the grounds at the same time. On Fridays evenings, Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays, there is a guest fee of $10 per adult which will be collected at the entrance as the guest arrives. Guests are required to sign in and provide contact information. Non-member adults are limited to a maximum of four (4) weekend visits in total per pool season as a guest. Please visit the Guests and Guest Fees page for a complete listing of guest fees for children and adults.

Can I have parties at the pool?
As a privilege of membership, members may reserve non-exclusive space at the pool for a gathering of 7-35 nonmember guests (e.g. birthday parties, family reunions, etc.) for up to four hours on a single day at a reduced fee. This rate allows pool members to reserve two picnic tables regardless of the number of anticipated guests and pay a reduced guest fee for non-member guests during regularly scheduled operating hours. There are additional charges for parties lasting more than four hours. For instructions on booking a party, please visit the Party Bookings page.

Is PG Pool a Co-op?
No, but the pool does operate on a cooperative basis, depending on our members to maintain and improve the facilities and facilitate the day-to-day operations of the pool. Members' time and efforts help keep our costs low and make our pool a clean, safe and comfortable place to be. When members don’t pitch in, we must outsource some of this work. That’s why a membership at our pool includes a co-op deposit which can be worked off by putting in hours at the pool. PG Pool is registered as a 501(c)-7 with the IRS.

How do I earn co-op hours?
There are several ways to complete your co-op hours. You can:

  • Participate in a scheduled workday
  • Commit to a seasonal job
  • Complete an occasional job (available jobs will be posted to the pool listserv and on the pool bulletin board)

What types of co-op jobs are available?
There are many types of co-op jobs available. For a description of seasonal jobs, please refer to the Co-op Jobs Description page. In addition to the seasonal jobs, there are occasional jobs which are posted to the pool listserv or announced at the pool. There are also pre-season and in-season workdays. Watch the listserv or see the Calendar of Events for dates. In-Season Workdays are advertised on the listserv.

How do I receive credit for co-op work?
In order to receive credit for your co-op hours, each time you do any co-op service you should login to our membership website, click on the co-op tab and complete the required information:

  • The date you did the work
  • The description of the work you did
  • How much time you spent
  • If applicable, the board member you liaised with

If you do not have access to email please contact a board member and make alternative arrangements for documenting your co-op hours.

What do I do after completing our membership’s co-op commitment?
You may request a refund of your co-op fee after completing the entire commitment hours of work. In order to receive a refund of your co-op fee, please:
1) Complete and document your fulfillment of the co-op requirement for your membership by October 31.
2) Submit a request online by logging into our membership website and clicking on the co-op tab, or in writing to a board member by November 15.
3) If you write, please remember to include your full name, membership number and mailing address in your request. Fees cannot be refunded if the request is received after November 15.

Suppose I don’t want to work the required hours?
Members may opt to prepay and forfeit their deposit: All adults (21-69 on Opening Day): $100 up to the age of 59; those age 60-69 pay $50; members age 70 and over do not pay a co-op deposit. Co-op deposits are refundable.

Do you have swim lessons?
Swimming lessons are available at various times during the week. Sign-up sheets will be posted at the pool. Please contact the instructors directly with questions. The instructors are not pool employees and other than posting information on the listserv for them, the pool is not involved. All lessons must be paid for in advance directly to your instructor. You are responsible for the cost of the lesson if you do not give the instructor 24 hours notice of a cancellation. The instructors will have make-up days for rain. All queries, etc. about the swim lessons themselves should go to the instructors.

When is toddler swim?
The wading pool is open when the main pool is open. However, there is a special "toddler swim" every weekday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. On the two or three Saturdays when our swim team has a home meet the pools and grounds open at 12:00 pm. A note will be posted to the listserv when that happens.

Are babies allowed in the big pool?
Yes, however, all diaper-age children who are not potty-trained must wear swim diapers or training pants under tight fitting pants. Disposable diapers are prohibited.

What are the hours for lap swim?
Early morning lap swim is held weekday mornings from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and on weekends from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. There is no early morning lap swim on the two or three Saturdays a season when we have a home swim meet.

Who is in charge at the pool? How is the pool run?
The business and property of Prince George’s Swimming Pool is managed by a Board of Directors, which is elected by the membership and consists of no less than seven (7) members. Members of the Board are elected to two-year terms. There are five officers: a President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary and one other At-Large member elected by the board. Member meetings for all members take place on the second weekend and second-to-last weekend of every season. For a complete listing of Board Members, please refer to the Board of Directors page.

How can I find out what’s going on at the pool? Is there a listserv?
PG Pool has two Listservs. The main one is run through our membership database and the Board requests that at least one person from each membership is on it. It is used only for PG Pool-related information with official communications from the board via a weekly newsletter and other information about closings, workdays etc. Only board members may post to it and traffic is light. To see if you are on it, please login to your account and ensure that your member record includes your email address and that the box "Wants email updates" is checked. If you are not receiving emails from this list, please contact the PG Pool Board Secretary.

The Yahoo Listserv is open to all. We ask that when members post clearly off-topic information, they include OT or Off-Topic in the subject line. There is a link to the Yahoo listserv at the bottom of this page, as well as links to our Facebook page and Twitter feed.

Our Twitter feed is very useful for those who like immediate information about unscheduled pool closings (and reopenings). You can receive the tweets directly to your phone as a text message (or more conventionally as an email or direct to your own Twitter feed). Naturally, we aim to keep those messages to a minimum.

Our Facebook page is a Facebook page.

What if I have other questions that are not reflected on the list?
There are a number of options. You can complete the Contact form or email a board member. Contact information for each board member can be found on the the Board of Directors page.