Frequently Asked Questions

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.

How much does membership cost?
Adult: $190 (Everybody age 21 and over on opening day)
1 Child: $60 (Age 2 and over on opening day)
2 or more children: $120
Senior: $140 (Age 60 and over on opening day)
Lap Swimmer: $145**

Capital Improvement Fee (all memberships pay this fee): $25

*Babysitters (and similar care providers) may be added to a membership for a fee of $75. This person may visit the pool an unlimited number of times ONLY when accompanied by and providing care for a member.
*Houseguests may join a membership for up to a month for a fee of $90 per adult and $40 per dependent child. Please log into your account and click on the 'Add a Household Guest' tab.

**Lap Swimmer members do not pay co-op fees, nor do they have the other privileges of membership (bringing guests, booking parties etc.). They may only come to the pool during the early-morning lap swimming period and may come as a guest of another member, with the same restrictions as other nonmembers. A lap-swim membership may not be converted to a full membership.

All adults (21-69 on Opening Day), except those with a Lap Swimmer membership, 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.

*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 $75.00. This person may visit the pool an unlimited number of times ONLY when accompanied by a member (who may be the child for whom you need a sitter). 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. We sometimes extend the opening hours into the 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?

2021 Guest policy (updated July 17): the regular guest policies, listed below, have been amended. Please see our 2021 COVID policies page for more details.

  • Monday-Thursday: regular guest policies apply.

  • Friday, Saturday, Sunday, holidays: Guests are allowed, but are limited to four guests per membership.

  • At this time there are no party bookings.

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.

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?

2021 Guest policy (updated July 17): the regular guest policies, listed below, have been amended. Please see our 2021 COVID policies page for more details.

  • Monday-Thursday: regular guest policies apply.

  • Friday, Saturday, Sunday, holidays: Guests are allowed, but are limited to four guests per membership.

  • At this time there are no party bookings.

As a privilege of membership, members may reserve non-exclusive space at the pool for a party for up to three hours. We offer up to four party slots every day except holidays. Two slots are available from noon to 3:00 p.m. each day and two from 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. On Mondays through Thursdays the flat fee is $50.00. On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays the flat fee is $100.00. For the noon to 3:00 p.m. slots Monday through Thursday, you may invite up to 35 nonmember guests. At other times you may invite up to 20 nonmember guests. For instructions on booking a party, please visit the Party Bookings page.

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 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.

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 is: 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.

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 the dates that weather-related or other closings mean that lessons do not take place. 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, during the week, when the pool opens at noon, there is a special "toddler swim" every day from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon with a reduced geust fee. (Please note that on the two or three Saturdays when our swim team has a home meet the pools and grounds open at 12:00 noon. 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 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? Is there a listserv?
The Board's primary way of communicating is through emails sent from our membership management system. The Board requests that at least one person from each membership is on it and reads these emails. To see if you are on it, please login to your account and ensure that your member record includes your email address. If you are not receiving emails from this list, please contact the PG Pool membership secretary.
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.