How do I become a member of the PG Pool?
Renewals for returning members happens each year in March. An email will be sent to the membership list with those instructions. After renewals are complete, we will start asking those on the waiting list if they want to join, taking them in order until our membership cap is reached. If you would like to join our waiting list, please add your name to the list here.
Please also take a look at our “Limited Use Memberships,” such as Morning Lap Swim, which is available to people on the waitlist.
How much does membership cost?
Memberships prices are available on the Rules, Regulations & Prices page.
Can my nanny/babysitter bring my children to the pool without me?
Yes, a babysitter pass may be added to your membership for a season-long access. Please see our Membership Definitions for more information about this and our Prices.
Another option instead of a season-long pass is that your sitter can come as a guest when accompanied by your child member. The regular guest fees and policies apply.
Is the pool open all year?
No. The season runs from the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend through the Monday of Labor Day weekend. We sometimes extend the opening hours into the September weekends following Labor Day.
What are the hours?
The pool hours are listed here.
What’s the phone number and address for the pool?
The pool’s physical 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?
Yes, please see our Guest Policies and Party Bookings information for larger groups.
May everybody use our parking lot?
Members receive a parking pass on their first visit to the pool each season. This pass should be displayed when parking anywhere on our property as well as at the overflow parking at Thomas Stone. However, we do not enforce parking restrictions on *our* property before 4:00 p.m. on weekdays and 3:00 p.m. on weekends and holidays. We monitor the handicapped spaces regularly and towing is enforced at all times for those not displaying a proper permit. Towing is also enforced overnight. Please inform a board member if you need to leave a car in our parking lot after we close.
Can I have parties at the pool?
Please visit the Party Bookings page for more information on parties.
What locker room can people with non-conforming gender identities use?
Currently our locker rooms are described with signs reading “Men’s” and “Women’s.” In the not-too-distant future we plan to redesign the locker rooms to better accommodate people of all gender identities. In the meantime, we note there are privacy options (changing areas and toilet stalls) in both locker rooms. If there is someone who looks different than you in the locker room, please respect their decision to use the facilities best suited for them.
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 may:
- 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 email list, Facebook group, or announced at the pool. There are also pre-season and in-season workdays. Watch for emails from the pool or see the Calendar of Events for dates.
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:
- Complete and document your fulfillment of the co-op requirement for your membership by October 31.
- 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.
- 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.
Please Note: No partial refunds will be given; the entire membership’s co-op commitment/hours must be completed in order to receive the refund.
Suppose I don’t want to work the required hours?
Members may opt forfeit their deposit, which are listed on the Prices tab of the Rules, Regulations and Prices page.
Do you have swim lessons?
Yes, please see our page on Swimming Lessons for more information.
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 hours are listed on the Hours page. Please note that on several Saturdays during the Swim Team season Morning Lap swim will be cancelled for home swim meets. These will be listed for the season on the Hours page when they are available.
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 four officers: a President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and a Secretary. 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?
The Board’s primary way of communicating is through emails sent from our membership management system via Mailchimp. The Board requests that at least one person from each membership is on it and reads these emails. Please email email@example.com if you’re not sure if you’re on this list.
Our Twitter feed is very useful for those who like immediate information about unscheduled pool closings (and re-openings).
The pool’s Facebook page has become the primary forum for member discussion.
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.
Are the locker room and shower facilities welcoming for family and all-gender use?
Yes! We are making continuous improvements in this area, and we hope to redo the whole bathhouse in the not-too-distant future. While we currently have gendered locker rooms, we encourage members to choose the facility where they feel most comfortable. There are privacy options in both locker rooms. If there is someone that looks different than you expect in either locker room, please respect their privacy and decision to use the facility best suited for them. There is also a planned family and all-gender changing room (no plumbing) between the two locker rooms.
How can I get a job at PG Pool?
Are you interested in being a life guard or a gate guard at PG Pool? All hiring and employment at the pool is managed through Lighthouse Pools our management company. Pool membership is not a requirement for employment and does not give applicants an advantage in being hired. Lighthouse has a rigorous application and interview process. Applications are usually available in February for the following summer and most positions are filled by early spring, so plan ahead! All questions about employment and the application process should be addressed to Lighthouse Pools. https://www.lighthouse-pools.com/employment/