Letter to New Members

Dear New Member,

Welcome to Prince George’s Swimming Pool—or PG Pool as it is universally known. As president of the board I want to extend our thanks to you for joining. I’m sure I join the rest of the board in saying that I very much look forward to meeting you. And thank you for toughing out the waiting list.

The pool opens for business on Saturday May 25 at 12:00 noon. The grounds will open at 11:30 on that date for the extra keen.

First off, please read and inwardly digest the rules and regulations. They are important both for your safety and the smooth running of the pool.

Our special events committee is in full swing and has scheduled several bands to entertain you. They are also planning to have a food truck on site each weekend, so there will be a wide variety of catering options during these events that will offer food for purchase. If you would like to have a say in any of these matters, please contact the relevant board member. The full committee listing is here.

I do ask that at least one person in each membership reads the emails that come from our Board members. The emails are timely notices about upcoming events, unscheduled closures and a weekly newsletter that summarizes everything. They come through our membership database, so please log in to your account and ensure that the email addresses are correct and complete for all necessary family members.

In addition, links to our Facebook page, Twitter feed and the open-to-all-comers listerv (on Yahoo) are at the bottom of every page on our website. The Twitter feed is very useful as we use it to alert members instantaneously (insofar as that is possible) to unscheduled closings; we aim to keep those very rare.

As a member, you have a say in how the pool is run. Please feel free to email any member of the board, or talk to us on the grounds—our photos will be by the front gate. There are also two official opportunities to have your say. Member meetings for all members take place on the second weekend and second-to-last weekend of the season. We vote in new and returning board members at the second meeting. Watch out for notices about timing and the agenda.

As returning members know, PG Pool is run on a cooperative basis, which means that members take responsibility for much of the work that goes into running a pool. All memberships are required to contribute to the co-op effort.

Co-op Jobs—To fulfill the co-op obligation members may choose to commit to a seasonal job, work a few hours at a time at any number of scheduled workdays or scheduled events. Workdays occur on various Saturdays and Sundays, March through May, less often, if at all, during the season and after the season is over when we put everything away for the winter (sniff). Members are reminded to keep track of their hours by logging into our membership website and registering them there. For information about documenting your co-op hours or requesting a refund, see the Co-op Refund page. Please note that a refund will not be made without a request. Memberships must submit a co-op deposit ($100 per adult and $50 for seniors) with their membership fees. You may claim the deposit back by working 2.5 hours of board-approved work per adult. For a list of co-op jobs see the Co-op Jobs List page. We are, of course, completely open to people completing more than the co-op requirement and/or donating the co-op deposit to the pool.

Toddler Swim—The wading pool is open every day from 10:00 a.m. On the Saturdays our swim team has a home meet, there is NO toddler swim. A note will be emailed out to alert you to those dates. Guests who come for toddler swim must leave the grounds after toddler swim ends by 12:00 noon—or pay the additional guest fee. The nonmember rates for the toddler swim period are $1 adults & $3 children.

Lap Swim—Every weekday from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. and from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. on weekends (except on the Saturday mornings that the pool is in use by the swim team. We will alert you to those when we know the dates).

Cashless Pool—PG Pool does not use cash. You should ask for your very own PG Pool card on your first visit to the pool and you can load cash onto it using a regular credit card, or simply use credit cards. The first option saves us a little in credit card fees.

Parking—We ask that people hang a parking pass on their rearview mirror when using our lot or the overflow spots at Thomas Stone Elementary School, just a block or so away at 4500 40th Street. One parking pass per membership may be picked up at the front desk on your first visit to the pool.

Guests—Upon payment of the appropriate fee, each membership may bring in up to eight (8) nonmember 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. Any nonmember age 18 or over is limited to four weekend visits (Friday from 5:00pm through Sunday plus Holidays) before August 1 as a guest except if a houseguest pass has been purchased. There is no limit on the number of visits by nonmember guests under the age of 18. At weekends, guests are required to sign in and provide contact information. Please visit the Guests and Guest Fees page for a complete listing of guest fees and other information. If you want to have more people as guests, you may book a party.

Member Handbook. We have one. Last year’s one is here and the new one will be uploaded after our board meeting at the weekend. It contains most of what you need to know to have a splendiferous time at PG Pool. 

That’s all for now.

Again, welcome to PG Pool.

Chris Goff