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August 2, 2019 -- Welcome August families!

Happy hour tonight … Come on over to the grill area after work around 6:30 pm to welcome our August families. This is a great chance to make everyone feel at home, answer any questions and generally just introduce our latest swimmers to Rock Creek Pool! (It doesn’t hurt that you get to do all that while enjoying complimentary beer & wine). Please note: the forecast isn’t looking terribly promising, so in the event that we are rained out, we will reschedule the happy hour for this Sunday at 5 pm — fingers crossed!


More social events for the season … We have a little more than one month left before the final whistle blows, but the social committee (with your help) has a few more fun events planned. Here’s a run down so you can plan accordingly:

  • Trivia Night … Saturday, August 10 — Team up with your fellow RCP quiz fans to see how much you know about history, literature, sports, pop culture and leisure! Head over to the Pavilion at 6 pm and the first round starts at 6:30 pm. Note: The Pavilion will be reserved for this event at 5:30 pm.
  • Music Night with Uno Gringo … Saturday, August 24 — Come out for a fantastic evening of rock classics. Bring $5 for a “bottomless” cup of beer & wine. The fun starts around 6:30 pm.
  • Labor Day … Monday, September 2 — Plan for a full day of fun at the pool. We’ve got the BBQ, volleyball and tennis tournaments, and even a rib-off contest! More details on all of that are coming soon!
  • Movie Night (SKY HIGH) and Happy Hour … Friday, September 6 — Enjoy the delightful 2005 action/comedy about high school super-heroes. Happy hour in the grill starts around 6:30 pm, the movie in the Pavilion kicks off around 8 pm. Note: The Pavilion will be reserved for this event at 7 pm.
  • Music Night with Uncommon Core … Saturday, September 7 — Close out the season with a night of college rock, new wave and pop classics! Bring $5 for a “bottomless” cup of beer & wine. Happy hour starts around 7 pm. The band goes on at 8 pm.

As always, each of these events needs volunteers to help make them happen! Sign up to help us out with one of these events!


The more you know … Since this is the first “News of the Week” email our August families are receiving, I thought it would be a good time to remind folks to review the Rules & Regulations. Here are a few basic rules to know:

  • Members and guests are not to use curbside parking along Grubb Road. Use the designated spots in the lower and upper lots only.
  • Alcohol is allowed only for official events. Please do not bring cans of beer to the pool. And never bring GLASS for anything as that is a safety concern.
  • Kids have to be potty-trained before they can enter the main pool. No exceptions!

Full-member meeting Labor Day afternoon … If you are a full member of the pool with voting rights, please plan to attend the annual end-of-season meeting currently scheduled for Monday, September 2, at 4 pm. The Board of Directors will present brief summaries of what’s been happening this year and you will have the opportunity to vote for new Board members for next season. More details will follow including how you can run for the board. Just know that it’s important we have enough folks in attendance, so please set aside time to participate. Thank you!


Inter-club tennis league forming … We are working with other local pools to set up an inter-club league for the month of August and possibly throughout September! Matches would be Saturday at 9 am at Rock Creek and/or at other clubs in the Potomac/Bethesda area. The exact dates are still being finalized, but first we’d like to know how interested folks are in participating.

If you are a 3.0+ player and are interested, please contact Marco at marco@prostoyou.com for more details and information.

The match format would be an 8 game pro set — first to 8, win by 2, 7-point tie break (first to 7 by 2) at 8-8.

July 29, 2019 -- Social events coming up

We’re entering the final month of the season, but there’s still a lot happening at the pool! Here’s a run down of the upcoming events:

Games Night — Wednesday, July 31 — Bring the family’s favorite board game to share with others!

Welcome August Families Happy Hour — Friday, August 2 — Come say hello to RCP’s newest families while enjoying complimentary beer & wine and snacks.

Trivia Night — Saturday, August 10 — Team up with your fellow RCP quiz fans to see how much you know about history, literature, sports, pop culture and leisure!

Music Night with Uno Gringo — Friday, August 23 — Come out for a fantastic evening of rock classics. $5 “bottomless” cup for beer & wine.

Labor Day — Monday, September 2 — Plan for a full day of fun at the pool. We’ve got the BBQ, volleyball and tennis tournaments, and even a rib-off contest!

Movie Night (SKY HIGH) and Happy Hour — Friday, September 6 — Enjoy the delightful 2005 action/comedy about high school super-heroes.

Music Night with Uncommon Core — Saturday, September 7 — Close out the season with a night of college rock, new wave and pop classics! $5 “bottomless” cup for beer & wine.

Each of these events needs volunteers to help make them happen! Sign up to be an event captain or game coordinator for one of these events!

July 5, 2019 -- Trivia, Fiesta Night coming soon

4th of July 2019

Despite the late-afternoon thunder … the 4th of July party was a great success! Kelly and her volunteer heroes managed to entertain us throughout the day from the delicious BBQ, to the watermelon and family relay races, the pie-eating contest, the water balloon toss and, of course, the (abbreviated) belly flop challenge. (Did I miss anything? If so, my apologies!) It was A LOT to fit into a few hours and we appreciate everyone who stepped up to help out!

TRIVIA NIGHT — Saturday, July 13 … It’s round two of the RCP Trivia Challenge! Come on over to the Pavilion next Saturday for a few rounds of Q&A. We’ll kick things off around 6 pm. Note: The Pavilion will be reserved for this event at 5:30 pm.

FINS SCHEDULE … The swim team returns to RCP tomorrow morning to take on Lake Marion. Remember, that means the pool will be closed tomorrow until Noon or when the meet is over. The swim team is at home again on Wednesday night, July 10 (pool closes early). This time they tackle mighty Daleview! The dive team visits Mill Creek Towne this Sunday and then is back home on Sunday, July 14, against Merrimack Park. It’s an exciting time for our FINS and we wish them all good luck!

FIESTA NIGHT IS COMING … Pencil in Saturday, July 20, for Fiesta Night! Uncle Julio’s will cater the event and the fantastic band Trio Gingando will perform baião, forró and samba music. Tickets for Fiesta Night will go on sale soon (you have to buy tickets in advance). When tickets are available, act fast … the serving order is determined by when you purchase your tickets.

MICROWAVE WANTED … RCP is in need of a microwave. If you have a spare working microwave and are willing to give it to the pool, email Admin@RockCreekPool.com. Thank you!

FINS SWIM TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE … Please take a moment to help us out. RCP is having a swim event on July 12 to raise money to help fight cancer. Register online and help them raise money that goes to cancer research in our local area. We all know someone who’s been touched by cancer and this is our chance to help make a difference. Step one is to register and start collecting donations. Step two is to come to the fun event! SWIM TO FIGHT CANCER

POOL HOURS … The pool is open for general use most days from 10 am – 9 pm. When there is a home swim meet, the pool is closed for general use. The diving well is closed during dive team meets. And keep an eye out for Summer thunderstorms. Lifeguards must clear the pool and surrounding areas for at least 45 minutes if they hear thunder. If you’re unsure, call the front desk (301-585-1185) to check the pool’s status.

ONE LAST THING … If you ARE playing trivia next Saturday, you MIGHT review the last paragraph from last week’s email. You know, the one about Rock Creek Pool’s birthday … and how we have an entire page on the RCP website devoted to the pool’s history. Anyway, I’m not sayin’, I’m just sayin’…

June 27, 2019 -- July 4 cookout, games night volunteers needed

karaoke

Good afternoon, RCP members! This is your News of the Week. Here’s what’s happening at the pool …

KARAOKE was a blast … Thank you to all of our volunteers and participants who sang their hearts out last Saturday. From REO Speedwagon to Lil Nas X (twice!), the song selections kept us all singing along!

GAMES NIGHT — Saturday, June 29 … Is your family wild for board games? Bring a favorite game to the Pavilion and enjoy a fun evening with fellow fans. Sign up ahead of time so we know this is something worth doing. And, it would be a huge help if a few of you volunteered as Game Coordinators to ensure the event runs smoothly. The games kick off at 7 pm. Note: The Pavilion will be reserved for this event at 6:30 pm. GAMES NIGHT SIGN UP

JULY 4 COOKOUT … Rock Creek Pool’s 4th of July party is one of the most fun social events of the summer! Come enjoy the water balloon toss, the watermelon relay race and the iconic belly flop contest! BUT, we can’t do it without you … please enlist a friend, pick an activity and sign up to volunteer! Don’t see a game you’ve always loved? Email social@rockcreekpool.com and we’ll help you to organize it. 4TH OF JULY SIGN UP

  • July 4 hours: 10 am – 5 pm (yes, 5 pm)
  • BBQ: 11 am – 2 pm
  • Water balloon toss: Noon (approx.)
  • Watermelon relay race: 1:30 pm (approx.)
  • Belly flop contest: 2 pm (approx.)
  • Coin toss: 3:30 pm (approx.)

FIESTA NIGHT IS COMING … Pencil in Saturday, July 20, for Fiesta Night! Uncle Julio’s will cater the event and the fantastic band Trio Gingando will perform baião, forró and samba music. Tickets for Fiesta Night will go on sale soon (you have to buy tickets in advance). When tickets are available, act fast … the serving order is determined by when you purchase your tickets.

FINS SCHEDULE … The dive team has a meet at Rock Creek Pool on Sunday afternoon against Flower Valley. That means the diving well will be closed for much of Sunday afternoon and evening. The swim team is away against Lakelands on Saturday and then next Wednesday against Forest Knolls. And don’t forget, you can purchase towels featuring the RC Fins logo through tomorrow, June 28. The cost is $25 per towel. Good luck and go get ’em, FINS!

EARLY BIRDS ARE BACK … Lap swimmers (adults only) can get in some early-morning exercise every Monday, Wednesday and Friday (6:30 am – 8 am) until August 23. Please sign in when you arrive and be prepared to share lanes.

MASTERS SWIMMING WORKOUTS … Coached by RCP pool manager Dale Lewis, Masters is for those that would like a somewhat structured swimming workout along with some technique tips/suggestions and drills to improve your swimming skills. Masters are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 am – 7:30 am and go until August 1. Note: there is no Masters on July 4. The price is $125 for the summer and the drop-in fee is $15 per practice. Pro-rated fee for other lengths of time can be discussed with Dale. And you should pay Dale directly; this is not processed via the RCP website.

FINS SWIM TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE … RCP is having a swim event on July 12 to raise money to help fight cancer. Register online and help them raise money that goes to cancer research in our local area. We all know someone who’s been touched by cancer and this is our chance to help make a difference. Step one is to register and start collecting donations. Step two is to come to the fun event! SWIM TO FIGHT CANCER

SWIM LESSONS? … We’re asked often about swim lessons at the pool. While RCP doesn’t officially offer them, some coaches and lifeguards do provide private lessons. Check at the front desk and/or keep an eye out for flyers around the pool. Please note: you may not bring in an outside instructor per our contract with the pool management company.

POOL HOURS … The pool is open for general use most days from 10 am – 9 pm (NOTE: July 4 hours are 10 am – 5 pm). When there is a home swim meet, the pool is closed for general use. The diving well is closed during dive team meets. And keep an eye out for Summer thunderstorms. Lifeguards must clear the pool and surrounding areas for at least 45 minutes if they hear thunder. If you’re unsure, call the front desk (301-585-1185) to check the pool’s status.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, RCP … Finally, this month marks the 60th anniversary of the opening of our humble neighborhood pool! We hope to more formally recognize the occasion later this summer, but in the meantime you can read about how RCP came about on the website’s history page. Here’s a tip of the cap to Martin Wender, Harry Bender and the other original families who started it all!

June 19, 2019 -- Karaoke, Games nights

swim practice

Good afternoon, RCP members! This is your News of the Week. Here’s what’s happening at the pool …

VOLLEYBALL SEMINAR — Thursday, June 20 … Come down to the court tomorrow at 6:30 pm to learn the basics of how to play the game. Our talented instructors will introduce you to the rules, teach you serve and hitting techniques and give you some pointers on strategy. This is open to kids and adults!

KARAOKE — Saturday, June 22 … It’s your turn to take center stage! Pick a song from the KARAFUN.COM catalog, sign up and show us what you’ve got! We’ll start taking song selections at 6 pm and the singing gets going around 7 pm.

GAMES NIGHT — Saturday, June 29 … Is your family wild for board games? Bring a favorite game to the Pavilion and enjoy a fun evening with fellow fans. Anyone is welcome to play, but sign up ahead of time so we have a rough idea of how many folks are coming. Also, we could really use a few Game Coordinators to keep things fun and running smoothly: GAMES NIGHT SIGN UP

FINS SCHEDULE … The swim team is away for their next few meets. Tonight, the FINS are at Franklin Knolls and this Saturday’s A Meet is at Calverton. Next Wednesday, the road trip continues with a B Meet against NCC. The dive team, meanwhile, takes to the road on Sunday afternoon to compete against Tanterra. Go luck and go get ’em, FINS!

FINS GEAR ON SALE … Want to show your support for our FINS? All Rock Creek Pool families are invited to purchase towels featuring the RC Fins logo. The towels are available for order through Friday, June 28, and should be delivered to the pool within two weeks. The cost is $25 per towel.

EARLY BIRDS ARE BACK … Lap swimmers (adults only) can get in some early-morning exercise every Monday, Wednesday and Friday (6:30 am – 8 am) until August 23. Please sign in when you arrive and be prepared to share lanes.

SWIM LESSONS? … We’re asked often about swim lessons at the pool. While RCP doesn’t officially offer them, some coaches and lifeguards do provide private lessons. Check at the front desk and/or keep an eye out for flyers around the pool. Please note: you may not bring in an outside instructor per our contract with the pool management company.

POOL HOURS … The pool is open for general use most days from 10 am – 9 pm. When there is a home swim meet, the pool is closed for general use. The diving well is closed during dive team meets. And keep an eye out for Summer thunderstorms. Lifeguards must clear the pool and surrounding areas for at least 45 minutes if they hear thunder. If you’re unsure, call the front desk (301-585-1185) to check the pool’s status.

June 11, 2019 -- Three FINS meets, ice cream/movie night

volleyball class 1

School’s out! Let’s dance! … And eat ice cream! And watch a movie! Friday is all about celebrating the end of the school year! Get to the pool at 6 pm for the ice cream social. We’ll spin music from this century and invite all to enjoy some delicious ice cream treats! Then, grab a seat in the Pavilion for a screening of “The Greatest Showman” starring Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron and Zendaya. Worth noting, Friday is a 10 pm closing night!

  • Ice Cream and music — 6-8 pm — We need your help. VOLUNTEER
  • “Greatest Showman” — 8-10 pm — The Pavilion is reserved at 7 pm.

Pool use during FINS home meets … When RCP hosts a swim meet, the entire pool is always closed for regular use. These events involve a lot of people, both from our pool and from the pools that come to compete against us. Parking, bathhouse use and seating all are at capacity. Lifeguards are not in place to help monitor recreational swimming. Every space is needed to put on these events, including the baby pool area which often is where we set up a hospitality zone.

When the dive team hosts a meet, we’ll close the diving well and may need to reserve the surrounding area for judges and dive families.

For this week, we have three home meets which affect pool use. All of these times are estimates:

  • Wednesday night, June 12 — B Meet against CCRA: The pool closes around 4:30 pm.
  • Saturday morning, June 15 — A Meet against Somerset: The pool opens around Noon or as soon as the meet is over.
  • Sunday afternoon, June 16 — Dive Meet against Glenwood: The diving well is reserved at 2:30 pm. until the meet ends.

Pasta party for swim/dive … Speaking of the FINS, the weekly Friday night pasta continues this week in the grill area. This team-building event is always a great way to cap off a hard week of practice. While the buffet is only meant for FINS (swim and dive) members, pool patrons can still use the grills while the party is going on.

Early bird starts next week … Lap swimmers (adults only) are invited to get in some early-morning exercise every Monday, Wednesday and Friday (6:30-8 am) between June 17-August 23. Please sign in when you arrive and be prepared to share lanes. As for the morning Masters Classes, as of press time, I’m unsure of the status but will fill you in when I hear anything!

Hours of operation … Now that MCPS school is out, starting on Monday, June 17, the pool is open for general use most days from 10 am – 9 pm (see above for exceptions).

Volleyball seminar was a smash! … A hearty thank you to Emma, Audrey, Fiona and Ruby for hosting the volleyball seminar last Thursday. The BCC athletes did a great job introducing the sport and explaining proper technique and strategy. If you weren’t able to attend, there’s a second one on Thursday, June 20, at 6:30 pm. This is for kids AND adults so if you’ve always wanted to learn, come on down to the court!

Trivia team takes the lead … Finally, here’s a tip of the cap to “Milton’s Pandas,” winners of the first Trivia Night last Thursday. We look forward to seeing them try to make it two in a row at the next round on Saturday, July 13!

June 6, 2019 -- Volleyball seminar, trivia night

Diving into Summer

Volleyball seminar is tonight! Want to learn the basics of how to play volleyball, from how to set to how to spike? Then come down to the court at 6:30 pm. Instructors from the BCC volleyball team will give you a no-pressure introduction to this fun sport. This is open to anyone 13 years and up, and adults encouraged to attend. If you can’t make this one, we’ll have a second seminar on Thursday, June 20!

A message for the swim and dive team families … The deadline to register for the swim team is fast approaching, so take a moment to register today. Please note that a late fee of $20 per swimmer will be assessed after June 7, and registration will be closed at 10 am on June 14.

And please visit https://rockcreekdive.swimtopia.com/ to learn about the dive team and to register your child. If your child wants to try the team, register them and then you can send them to practice. If it doesn’t work for them, let us know by June 10 and we will issue you a refund of the $100 registration fee (but not the $15 insurance fee). Email Dawn and Katie, the reps, here: divereps@rockcreekpool.com. Let’s Go FINS!

Social events coming up … Make sure to check out the nifty social calendar on display at the pool for a complete listing of the 2019 events! Our next official activities are:

  • Trivia Night — Friday, June 7 — Join Quizmaster Bryan McCann for a fun evening of questions and answers. Starts promptly at 6:30 pm.
  • School’s Out Ice Cream Social and “Greatest Showman” — Friday, June 14 — This one needs volunteers: SIGN UP
  • Karaoke — Saturday, June 22
  • Games Night — Saturday, June 29

Tennis, anyone? … Please join us for friendly pick-up doubles tennis Monday nights, 6.30 pm (adults only). E-mail tennis@rockcreekpool.com to be added to the mailing list (as times may vary during the year).

Some administrative tasks …

  • Make sure your family has current photos on file.
  • Daily Guest Passes must be bought in advance.
  • Review the Rules & Regulations. Here’s one more — Parking Regulations:
    • Members and guests are not to use curbside parking along Grubb Road.
    • Members and guest must park their vehicles in the lined spaces provided in the paved lower level of the RCP property.
    • Parking in the upper lot is in designated parking spots only.
    • The speed limit in the parking lot is ten (10) mph.
    • All bicyclists must use the designated bicycle parking area. Bicycles may not be ridden inside the fenced pool area.

What the frequency, Kenneth? … Here are the hours of operation for Friday, June 7-Thursday, June 13:

  • Friday: 3:30 pm – 9 pm
  • Saturday: Noon – 9 pm
  • Sunday: 10 am – 8 pm
  • Monday-Thursday: 3:30 pm – 8 pm

Keep an eye on the skies … Summer invariably brings late-afternoon storms and other weather that could affect our schedule. While light rain may not close the pool, please note that each time the lifeguards even hear thunder, they must evacuate the pool and the surrounding area for 45 minutes. Please listen to them and follow their instructions as we all want everyone to stay safe!

If you are on the swim and dive teams, the coaches or reps will let you know if practice is suspended or cancelled due to weather.

And you can always call the front desk (301-585-1185) to find out the pool’s status. That’ll be more reliable than waiting for me to update the pool’s website.

May 31, 2019 -- Sports and social events

memorial day line

Keep an eye on the skies … Summer invariably brings late-afternoon storms and other weather that could affect our schedule. While light rain may not close the pool, please note that each time the lifeguards even hear thunder, they must evacuate the pool and the surrounding area for 45 minutes. Please listen to them and follow their instructions as we all want everyone to stay safe!

If you are on the swim and dive teams, the coaches or reps will let you know if practice is suspended or cancelled due to weather.

And you can always call the front desk (301-585-1185) to find out the pool’s status. That’ll be more reliable than waiting for me to update the pool’s website.

Social events coming up … Make sure to check out the nifty social calendar on the board near the water fountain for a complete listing of the 2019 events! Our next official activities are:

  • Trivia Night, Friday, June 7 — Join us for a fun evening of Q&A. You’ll be part of a team so don’t worry if you don’t know who starred in the 1979 prequel to “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”* or how many bones there are in the human body.**
  • School’s Out Mega-Party with Music and a Movie, Friday, June 14 — It’s kids night at the pool as we’re planning an ice cream social, teen-favorite music and a screening of “The Greatest Showman” starring Hugh Jackman and Zendaya. This one needs volunteers: Take a look and SIGN UP to help us out!

A message for the dive team families … Please visit https://rockcreekdive.swimtopia.com/to learn about the dive team and to register your child. If your child wants to try the team, register them and then you can send them to practice. If it doesn’t work for them, let us know by June 10 and we will issue you a refund of the $100 registration fee (but not the $15 insurance fee). Some new folks came to the Memorial Day meeting, but we didn’t get everyone’s email address. Please let the dive reps know if you have any questions or haven’t received any email messages directly from them. You can reach Dawn and Katie, the reps, here: divereps@rockcreekpool.com. Let’s Go FINS!

Ever wanted to learn how to play volleyball? … On Thursday, June 6 (6:30 pm – 8 pm), four super-talented teens will introduce you to the fundamentals of this fun sport. This seminar is open to anyone 13 years old and up. You’ll learn the basics from how to hit the ball to the proper way to set your teammate for a killer spike. The class will also be offered on Thursday, June 13, if you aren’t able to make this one.

Tennis, anyone? … Please join us for friendly pick-up doubles tennis Monday nights, 6.30 pm (adults only). E-mail tennis@rockcreekpool.com to be added to the mailing list (as times may vary during the year).

Speaking of tennis … ProsToYou/Koa Tennis and Rock Creek Club are very excited to announce Kourts as our new mobile app for everyone to register for the summer group tennis clinics! The Kourts mobile app system will be used for every player to view our on-court schedule showing the court availability on a weekly basis.

Check out this video tutorial on how to download Kourts on your mobile phone and to start registering for summer group tennis clinics!

The summer group clinics run from Tuesday, June 25 until Sunday, August 25:

  • Red Ball (Ages 4-6) — Thursdays: 4 pm – 5 pm and Sundays: 10:30 am – 11:30 am
  • Orange Ball (Ages 7-9) — Thursdays: 5 pm – 6 pm and Sundays: 11:30 am – 12:30pm
  • Green Dot/Yellow Ball (Ages 10+) — Thursdays: 6 pm – 7 pm and Sundays: 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
  • Adult Beginner (2.0 & 2.5) — Thursdays: 7 pm – 8 pm
  • Adult Intermediate/Advanced (3.0+) — Sundays: 9 am – 10:30 am
  • Adult Morning Clinic — Tuesdays: 8:30 am – 10 am
  • Adult Cardio Tennis — Sundays: 8 am – 9 am

PRICES

All Junior Classes:

  • 9-Week Package: $126/per player
  • Drop-In Class: $18/per player

Adult Beginner/Cardio Tennis:

  • 9-Week Package: $126/per player
  • Drop-In Class: $18/per player

Adult Intermediate/Advanced/Morning Clinic:

  • 9-Week Package: $180/per player
  • Drop-In Class: $24/per player

Please download Kourts on your phone to register for summer group tennis clinics today!

If you have any questions, please contact us via phone at (513) 255-3370 or email Nim@ProsToYou.com.

In addition to our summer group clinics, we also have summer tennis morning program (compatible around swim team practices): REGISTER HERE

Some administrative tasks …

  • All members (adults and kids) should have a current photo as part of their electronic ID.
  • Buy your Daily Guest Passes in advance at the website.
  • Know the Rules! Review the Rules & Regulations. Here’s one more to remember: Alcohol is allowed only for official events. Please do not bring cans of beer to the pool.

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May 23, 2019 -- Pool opens tomorrow, Valentine Slim/BBQ on Memorial Day

lifeguards!

Greetings, RCP members! This is your News of the Week. Here’s what’s happening at the pool …

Much like Max Scherzer and the Nationals pitching staff reporting to camp signals the start of Spring, nothing says “Summer is here!” like Max McGervey and the hard-working Rock Creek Pool lifeguards scrubbing down the deck chairs! Thank you lifeguards!

AND NOW, HERE WE ARE … The pool officially opens Friday, May 24, at 3:30 p.m.! Enjoy a dip in the pool and then at 7 p.m. it’s the Welcome Back Happy Hour! Hang out in the grill area and enjoy drinks and apps. Catch up with old friends and make some new ones.

Memorial Day is packed! … We have a full day of fun planned at the pool this holiday.

  • Cookout (11 a.m. – 2 p.m.) — One complimentary lunch package per member. We’ll have hamburgers, veggie burgers and hot dogs ready to devour.
  • Live music by Valentine Slim (4 p.m. – 7 p.m.) — $5 bottomless cup for beer/wine.
  • Sports introductory meetings (swim team 4-4:30 p.m. and dive team 4:30-5 p.m.) — You’ll also hear about tennis lesson opportunities!

Volunteers needed … our events need your help in order to run smoothly, especially the big ones! Please volunteer an hour of your time this Monday. We need grillers, servers, and set up and clean up crews. It doesn’t take much if a bunch of us chip in. Thank you!

Tennis, anyone? … Please join us for friendly pick-up doubles tennis Monday nights, 6.30 p.m. (adults only). E-mail tennis@rockcreekpool.com to be added to the mailing list (as times may vary during the year).

Swim team families — especially families new to the FINS — are encouraged to read Summer Swim 101 and Fins FAQs on the team website prior to Monday’s meeting.

Swim practice will begin at 5 p.m., Tuesday May 28, and will include a mandatory swim test for all 8-under swimmers who did not compete in meets last summer. The swim test will allow the coaches to make initial assignments to Future Fins, pre-team or swim team, and specific details will be sent in the coming days directly to those families with 8-under swimmers who need to be tested. The full summer practice schedule can be found here.

Finally, the June 7 deadline to register for the swim team is fast approaching, so please register your swimmers today! Please note that a late fee of $20 per swimmer will be assessed after June 7.

Fun with the Fins Dive Team on Memorial Day … Come to the diving well around 3 p.m. to meet Assistant Coach Emma Gold, learn about the dive team, see some diving, and have a popsicle (it is Monday Funday, after all). Anyone who is a diver, was a diver or wants to find out what it’s all about (no experience necessary) is welcome! Questions? Email divereps@rockcreekpool.com. Let’s Go FINS!

Social Calendar is set … Take a stroll past the water fountain and check out the 2019 social calendar. Upcoming events in June include:

  • TRIVIA — Friday, June 7
  • SCHOOL’S OUT MEGA-PARTY (Ice Cream/Teens Pick the Music and “The Greatest Showman”) — Friday, June 14
  • KARAOKE — Saturday, June 22
  • GAME NIGHT — Saturday, June 29

Some administrative tasks …

  • All members (adults and kids) should have a current photo as part of their electronic ID.
  • Buy your Daily Guest Passes in advance at the website.
  • Know the Rules! Review the Rules & Regulations. Here’s one more to remember: Kids have to be potty-trained before they can enter the main pool. No exceptions!

May 16, 2019 -- Pool officially opens Friday, May 24

new furniture

Well, as we expected, the pool is officially opening FRIDAY, MAY 24. At this point, we’re in the final stretch but having the extra week will allow us the time to get it just right. Here’s where we are and what’s left to be done:

  • The new sod is in place but we are fixing a few more grading and drainage issues.
  • The chairs are out of the bathrooms but we still plan to replace the women’s room toilets.
  • Much of new furniture arrived (see Bryan McCann’s photo) but it needs to be assembled.
  • The new doors are on but we need to paint and install the hardware.

Some administrative tasks … When you come to the pool for the first time this season, you may be asked to update your photo. All members (adults and kids) should have a current photo as part of their electronic ID.

Also, remember we can’t accept any payments at the front desk. If you need Daily Guest Passes, purchase them in advance at the website.

Finally, we like to keep things fun and casual at RCP, but there are certain rules we need to enforce in order to keep everyone safe. This is a great time to review the Rules and Regulations. A few line items to remember:

  • Running on the pool deck, pushing, wrestling, fighting (in or out of the swimming pool), etc., are forbidden.
  • Don’t bring glass to the pool. Except for eyeglasses, glass of any type (bottles, containers or receptacles) is prohibited.
  • Birthday parties and other special events must be scheduled and approved in advance.

Don’t forget …

… Memorial Day Cookout needs you … Volunteer an hour of your time on Monday, May 27, so we can throw an awesome BBQ!

… Valentine Slim music night … And don’t forget Valentine Slim performs 4-7 p.m. that same evening. $5 bottomless cup for beer/wine.

… Water aerobics classes start June 18 … Session One is SOLD OUT and so register to grab one of the few spots left for Session Two!

… Summer tennis sessions begin June 17 … Registration is open for a variety of classes for juniors and adults.

… Fins swim to fight cancer … We’re dedicating Friday morning, July 12, to finding a cure. To learn more, and to donate, visit the Swim Across America team page.

If you are a FINS swim or dive family … Visit the team’s websites at rockcreekswim.swimtopia.com and rockcreekdive.swimtopia.com, respectively. Here’s how you reach the team reps and coaches:

May 10, 2019 -- FINS websites, Memorial Day BBQ and Live Music

Memorial Day 2019

Work continues on the pool grounds … This week we focused on improved grading to help mitigate standing water. Sod is being/was laid on Wednesday to the areas that needed the most work. We are also extending the fence of the baby pool to include the grass area out back. Georgetown Aquatics began adding our “swim” water back to the pool. With that said, we still have a lot of loose ends to tie up before we open and it’s very likely we’ll push our opening to Friday, May 24. We’ll make the official call next week after we evaluate what else needs to be done after this weekend.

If you are a FINS swim or dive family … Be sure to log into their new websites. The teams are now at rockcreekswim.swimtopia.com and rockcreekdive.swimtopia.com, respectively. Also, we’ve standardized our email addresses for each group of reps and coaches. Here’s how you reach them:

Don’t forget, registration for both teams is happening now. Visit their sites to sign up!

Deep-water aerobics registration is almost closed … Session One of the water aerobics classes is SOLD OUT! Session Two (July 16-Aug-6) has only a few spots left. So don’t delay if you were thinking of attending! Sign up!

Memorial Day Monday will be a full-day event this year … Along with the morning volleyball tournament and afternoon BBQ, we’re thrilled to have honky-tonk rocker Valentine Slim closing out the day on the Pavilion Stage. Slim and the boys will perform rockabilly, country and surf classics and forgotten gems. It’s a perfect soundtrack for the start of summer. His dynamic show will run from 4-7 p.m. We’ll offer $5 bottomless cup for beer/wine, so bring your dinner and enjoy the music!

Speaking of Memorial Day, we need you! … As with all of our RCP events, we can’t pull it off without members giving us a hand. Please review the volunteer sign-up form and commit an hour or two of your day to help us out. We need grillers, servers, preppers and clean-up … “crew-ers.”

The social calendar is nearly set … We’re putting the final touches on the 2019 social event poster (look for it on the cork board by the water fountain). The SC crew (Kelly Briscoe, Joel Rubin, Kate Elliott, Bryan McCann, Andrew Collard and yours truly) hope there’s a little something for everyone. For the start of the season, here’s a brief rundown so you can save the dates:

  • Monday, May 27 — BBQ and Live Music with Valentine Slim
  • Saturday, June 1 — Move Night and Happy Hour
  • Friday, June 7 — Trivia Night
  • Friday, June 14 — School’s Out Ice Cream Social
  • Saturday, June 22 — Karaoke!

Photographers needed … I’d like to add a little visual flair to these posts and highlight the fun atmosphere at Rock Creek Pool. If you are a photo-bug and want to share an RCP moment — FINS in action, an idyllic summer day, karaoke shenanigans, lallygagging in the baby pool — email a copy to me. I’ll try and use as many as I receive. Here are a few guidelines:

  • Email communications@rockcreekpool.com
  • Horizontal (landscape) orientation is best
  • Make sure to give the photographer full name credit.
  • Describe the subject in the photo (“here’s a shot of Jane Smith dancing at last night’s Valentine Slim show, which was awesome, by the way.”)

May 2, 2019 -- Construction update, swim team website and a familiar face

New steps!

It’s the first week of May which means we are in the final stretch before the start of the season! There is a TON of activity happening in these final weeks …

April was particularly busy for modernization and repair work. All the old concrete that was removed to access the leaks, address standing water, and bring our electrical bonding up to code has been replaced. Plus, the front steps and sidewalk to the bridge are all new! And yes, the stairs will have new railings on both sides! Those should be installed by mid-May. There’s more coming and we’ll fill you in as we check them off the punch list!

Attention FINS swimmers and parents … swim team rep Geoff Plague reports that the new team website is finished! It looks amazing and very nicely organized. Swim team registration is open ($155 for the first family swimmer, and $110 for sibling swimmers). The deadline to register is June 7. The 2019 season will kick off with an introductory team meeting on Memorial Day afternoon, with evening practice beginning the next day — Tuesday, May 28. Go FINS!

Be on the lookout for a familiar face at the pool this season. We’re happy to to announce that former FINS coach Dale Lewis is taking on the pool manager duties this season. You’ll see him supervising the lifeguards and making sure everything is running smoothly. Welcome back, Dale!

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April 25, 2019 -- Dues are due, water aerobics, social calendar and more

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Only a few days left to pay your dues on time … If you haven’t done so already, make sure you take a moment to pay for the coming season! The deadline to pay on time is Tuesday, April 30.

Water aerobics classes start in June — Register now as space is limited! Instructor Shelley Milan is offering RCP full and Summer members weekly water aerobics classes starting June 18.

Fins swim to fight cancer … We’re very proud to let you know the RCP Fins are joining the fight against cancer on Friday, July 12. Swim team, Dive team and ALL pool members are invited to join us in raising money for Swim Across America and participating in the morning swim. To learn more, and to donate, visit the Swim Across America team page.

Your friendly-neighborhood Social Gang is brewing up some fun for the summer … The calendar will be finalized and announced in the coming weeks, but here’s a sneak peak of what’s on tap …

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State of the Pool 2019 — A Letter From The Board President

To all Equity Members and our Senior, Summer, and August Swimmers at Rock Creek Pool,

I feel somewhat validated by the fact that 2018 was officially the wettest season in this area since records have been kept. Water issues were the theme for our 2018 operating season; slow leaks in parts of our expanded pool;excessive rain caused drainage issues in parts of the newly configured grounds, stressed our existing water management systems including destabilizing the front steps; and to top it off rain graced our annual meeting in September. I truly appreciate everyone’s patience as we worked to mitigate those issues during the season.

We have spent the off-season detecting and remediating the pool system leaks (old and new), drainage issues (old and new), and are now focused on the construction calendar to ensure the modernization, repairs, and landscaping are finished in advance of our historical opening date – the weekend before Memorial Day, Friday, May 17. We will be continue to update the pool website for the 2019 season in the coming months and post updates on a consistent basis through our social media platforms. Continue for more updates.

What’s Coming Up

Hours of Operation

10 am-9 pm — Monday-Sunday*
* May vary based on team and other special events.

A Note About Weather

  • If thunder is heard, lifeguards must evacuate the pool and the surrounding area for 45 minutes.
  • Swim and dive coaches or reps will let you know if practice is off due to weather.
  • Call the front desk (301-585-1185) to find out the pool’s status.