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THE POOL IS CLOSED FOR THE SEASON AS OF SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27. TENNIS REMAINS OPEN.

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2020 Board of Directors Election Results

Thank you to all the candidates for stepping up to represent our pool.

Congratulations to Andrew Collard, Kate Elliott, Iain Gold, Marge Martin, Bryan McCann, Patrick Moffitt, Sheryl Raskin, and Joel Rubin for serving another term or joining the Board.

They will be working with Kent Allen, Jim Hermes, Rebecca Luib, Jaime McKenna, Tim Nealis, Jane Ward, and Sharon Winick who were not up for re-election in 2020 and will be continuing their Board service.

September 28, 2020

Equity Member Annual Meeting

The end-of-season Annual Meeting for Equity Members was held Sunday, October 4, at 4:00pm, advance registration was required. This was an opportunity as an Equity Member to review the pool’s operations and finances, and ask the Board any questions. At the conclusion of the meeting, Equity Members will vote for candidates for a two-year term on the RCP Board. Be sure to view the agenda and Board candidate statements.

Senior Swim and Waitlist-Summer Swim families were invited to the meeting although only Equity Members may vote for the Board Elections.

Candidates for Election

This year, nine candidates, including seven current Board members, are running for eight open positions on the Board. You can read the candidates’ statements.

VOTE HERE

If questions, contact Admin@RockCreekPool.com.

If you are unable to vote online, call 240-670-7988.

September 23, 2020 -- Pool season ends Sunday

And now, the end is near

This day had to come eventually. With October just around the corner, the pool season wraps up Sunday, September 27. There are still plenty of spots left this week for one last dip, so we hope you can visit the pool once more before the gates are shut.

(The tennis courts will remain open for reservations until the weather makes it impractical.)

It’s been an unusual and challenging summer, and we appreciate your patience and willingness to work to maintain a safe and pleasant pool experience. Without your cooperation, this summer would not have been possible and we thank you!

Equity members meeting is Oct. 4

Equity Members are invited to participate in the End-of-Season meeting on Sunday, October 4, at 4:00pm. Look for an email with details in the coming days, but Equity Members should save the date and plan to attend.

Interested in running for the Board?

If you are an Equity Member and interested in running for a two-year term on the Rock Creek Pool board, please email board member Kent Allen at kent.allen@stanfordalumni.org by this Friday, September 25, at 5:00pm.

Include a short paragraph letting us know who you are and why you’d like to be on the board. Your information will be shared with the voters (Equity Members only) and the election will be held in conjunction with the Equity members meeting.

September 17, 2020 -- Season goes to Sunday, September 27

And The Beat Goes On*…

Cue the Carol Kaye bass line ’cause we’re going another week! The pool remains open until Sunday, September 27. Reservations will open Friday, September 18, around 10 am.

We’ll follow the same schedule and reservation limits as the last two weeks. And as sessions fill up, we will ease the reservation limits to allow for last-minute bookings.

The Heat Is On* …

With the cooler weather, our time for swimming is clearly nearing its end. But we have turned on the heater so the water should continue to be pleasant even if the air is crisp.

Dog Days Are Over* (for now) …

We’ve missed out on most of our traditional events this summer and unfortunately the end-of-year dog swim is yet another. It’s just not possible to reliably pull off in a safe manner. We’ll resume the dog swim, and all of the events that make Rock Creek Pool so fun, as soon as possible.

About The Weather* …

Weather is tricky to predict and schedule around. When bad weather strikes, we monitor the situation closely. We may suspend pool activities and try to remain open if it’s possible. But if you see that we’ve officially closed the pool, that means the guards are sent home and we’re not re-opening later in the day even if conditions improve.

Use It or Lose It* …

We keep hearing about unused lap lanes and general swim sessions that do not appear to reach capacity. If you are unable to get to the pool, please take a moment to cancel your reservation so someone else can claim the spot.

Ch-ch-ch-Changes* to the Board …

Equity members are invited to participate in the End-of-Season meeting on Sunday, Oct. 4, at 4 pm. This will also be the time to elect new Board members. We will send details soon on how this will work, but if you are an Equity member, please mark your calendar.

And if you are interested in running for the Board, please email membership@rockcreekpool.com.

Sincerely,

The Rock Creek Pool Board

* Songs Listened to While Writing This Email

  1. Beat Goes On — Sonny and Cher
  2. Heat Is On — Glenn Frey
  3. Dog Days Are Over — Florence and the Machine
  4. Like the Weather — 10,000 Maniacs
  5. Use It Or Lose It — Motley Crue
  6. Changes — David Bowie

September 10, 2020 -- Pool season extended through Sept. 20

The pool season marches on! …

Thanks to Georgetown Aquatics, pool manager Dale Lewis and the hard-working guards, we’re able to extend the season at least another week through Sunday, September 20!

Reservations for next week will open Friday, September 11, around 10 am. Reservation restrictions will be in place to give folks time to sign up for at least one session. Remember, the weekend reservations are annoying (what isn’t, I know) — if you have a Sunday, September 13, reservation already booked, you won’t be able to reserve Saturday, September 19. Instead, you can reserve Sunday, September 20.

As sessions fill up, we will ease the reservation limits to allow for last-minute bookings.

Cancel those unused reservations …

We keep hearing about unused lap lanes and general swim sessions that do not appear to reach capacity. If you are unable to get to the pool, please take a moment to cancel your reservation so someone else can claim the spot.

Equity members meeting and elections …

Equity members are invited to participate in the End-of-Season meeting on Sunday, Oct. 4, at 4 pm. This will also be the time to elect new Board members. We will send details soon on how this will work, but if you are an Equity member, please mark your calendar.

And if you are interested in running for the Board, please email membership@rockcreekpool.com.

August 31, 2020 -- Additional General Swim Reservations

More general swim reservations available …

It’s been a challenge devising a fair and practical process for the new 3:30 pm-8:45 pm weekday schedule. The change in hours drops around 420 spots during the week. We set a weekly reservation limit as a way to give everyone a chance to enjoy the pool in the final weeks of the season.

Best laid plans of mice and men, and all that later, we’re already making tweaks. We initially limited reservations to one per week for all sessions. But there still are several unclaimed spots for general swim today and tomorrow. To address that, we’ve increased the limit for General Swim weekday sessions. You can go into the calendar now and make additional week day reservations to give you a total of three for the week.

Tomorrow morning around 8 am, we’ll open next week’s dates. Remember, Labor Day will be listed with the General Swim (Weekend) session. We recognize how convoluted this sounds but here’s what you need to remember:

Reservation limits

Three Reservations Per Week

  • General Swim (Mon-Fri)

One Reservation Per Week

  • Lap Lanes
  • Lap Lane Single
  • General Swim (Weekends/Labor Day)

Of course, we live in turbulent and trying times, and the Rock Creek Pool reservation matrix is no different. We will see how this works and adjust as necessary.

The Fall schedule …

Here is the new weekday schedule starting today:

Monday-Friday (except LABOR DAY)

General Swim

  • 3:30-4:45 (70 spots)
  • 5:00-6:15 (70 spots)
  • 6:30-7:45 (70 spots)

Lap Lanes

  • 3:30-4:00 (1 spot)
  • 4:15-4:45 (1 spot)
  • 5:00-5:30 (1 spot)
  • 5:45-6:15 (1 spot)
  • 6:30-7:00 (1 spot)
  • 7:15-7:45 (1 spot)
  • 8:00-8:45 (8 spots)

Deep-Water Exercise

  • 8:00-8:45 (4 spots)

Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day keep the summer session schedules.

August 28, 2020 -- New Hours, New Process

Advance reservations ending* …

There are no advance reservations today as we are moving to a new system to handle the Fall schedule.

For the times, they are a-changin’ …

We’re entering a new phase here at Rock Creek Pool: the (virtual) school schedule! Beginning Monday, August 31, RCP’s hours are 3:30 pm-8:45 pm during the week. Saturdays and Sundays remain 8 am-8 pm.

Unfortunately, that means we are no longer offering morning lap lane sessions except on the weekends. We know those are popular sessions but there’s no viable option to staff the pool at those times.

Fall schedule …

Here is the new weekday schedule starting Monday:

Monday-Friday (except LABOR DAY)

General Swim

  • 3:30-4:45 (70 spots)
  • 5:00-6:15 (70 spots)
  • 6:30-7:45 (70 spots)

Lap Lanes

  • 3:30-4:00 (1 spot)
  • 4:15-4:45 (1 spot)
  • 5:00-5:30 (1 spot)
  • 5:45-6:15 (1 spot)
  • 6:30-7:00 (1 spot)
  • 7:15-7:45 (1 spot)
  • 8:00-8:45 (8 spots)

Deep-Water Exercise

  • 8:00-8:45 (4 spots)

Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day keep the existing session schedules.

So how is all of this going to work? Glad you asked …

New reservation process …

* On Sunday, August 30, we will open the calendar up for reservations. I expect it will be around 10 am.

When you go to make a reservation, you will now see in the drop-down list on the calendar the following options:

  1. General Swim (Sat-Sun-Labor Day)
  2. General Swim (08/31-09/04)
  3. Lap Lanes (08/31-09/06)
  4. Deep Water (08/31-09/06)

(You’ll also have those pesky Tennis Courts listings but skip past those for the pool options.)

Now here’s where things are really different: The calendar will remain open until the end of the season.

You can check the calendar at any time and make a reservation where available. There will be no more Friday morning “Advance” periods. There will be no more 7:30 am “Day Ofs.”

However, there will be a weekly cap for each session. That means, you may find yourself unable to make multiple reservations in the same week. So plan ahead, be judicious, and manage your reservations should your plans change.

Now, you may have noticed the varying dates for the different sessions. This is because Labor Day’s schedule throws a wrench into planning ahead (that Monday has different times than any other Monday). So after Labor Day, we’ll extend out the dates through September 13 and you’ll be able to make additional reservations.

(As with all “making this up as you go” plans, this process is subject to change.)

Still with me? OK! We’re almost done.

When does the season end? …

We expect to extend the season beyond the official September 13 end date! We need to be cautious in declaring exactly how far out we’re planning to go, and we’ll have a much better sense after next week on what’s possible. But you should plan on at least one more week in September.

Board elections pushed back …

Due to this season’s unusual circumstances, the Board is delaying the end-of-season meeting and elections until after the season ends. But please let us know if you are interested in running this year! Any equity member can run. To throw your hat into the ring, please email membership@rockcreekpool.com.

August 21, 2020 -- August ending, September awaits

Final week of August …

It’s the end of the month! We’re opening the reservations calendar up for the remaining week of August today at 11:30 am. There are still spots available in the first two sessions of General Swim during the week. Otherwise, all other sessions are just about fully booked. Like last week, you’ll find Lap Lanes and Deep-water Exercise spots are remaining as “Day Of” reservations only.

September schedule …

Because the pool hours are changing on August 31, we have to wait until next weekend to open the calendar beyond this month. When we do, we’ll explain how to make reservations for those days.

Also, the final weekend of the 2020 pool season is currently scheduled for September 12-13. We’re working now with Georgetown Aquatics to see if we could extend the season. It may not be possible, but we’ll let you know soon on that front.

Board elections coming …

And just a reminder that any equity member can run for the Board of Directors. Elections are held traditionally on Labor Day when equity members meet to review the season, though we expect there may be some alterations to the normal routine this year. We will outline how the election process will work in a future update. If you are an equity member and interested in running for the Board, please email membership@rockcreekpool.com.

August 14, 2020 -- August almost full, lap lanes remain "day of"

Limited space left in August …

The advance reservation period opens today at 11:30 am and will extend out to August 30. Most of the weekend and 5 pm General Swim sessions are already sold out. We expect the remaining spots in August will likely go this weekend so please be considerate if you already have a few times booked over these next two weeks.

Lap Lanes to remain “Day Of” only …

Most of the lap-lane spots are claimed already so we’re keeping those as “day of” reservations moving forward. Otherwise, they will all be claimed today. Only General Swim and Deep-Water spots will be available for advance reservations.

Manage your reservations …

We’ve heard the “manage reservations” button wasn’t working for some if us, and have alerted the site developers. Hopefully, that will be addressed ASAP. And remember, CANCEL YOUR RESERVATION if you end up not being able to make it. We want as many people to use the pool and it helps if we have an accurate count of available spots.

School-time hours …

Beginning August 31, we shift to our traditional Fall hours. This is part of the contract with Georgetown Aquatics and is tied to the guards returning to school (even if it’ll be remote-only).

If you’ve already reserved a spot in a late-afternoon/evening weekday session between August 31-September 12, you should be fine. We likely will need to adjust the exact hours to accommodate the new schedule. Unfortunately, for the few folks who reserved a spot in a morning/early afternoon session, you’ll likely need to cancel those sessions. We apologize for the inconvenience.

The new hours will be:

  • August 31-September 4 (Monday-Friday) — 3:30 pm-8 pm
  • September 5-7 (Saturday, Sunday and Labor Day) — 8 am-8 pm
  • September 8-11 (Tuesday-Friday) — 3:30 pm-8 pm

The final weekend of the 2020 pool season is scheduled for September 12-13. We’re ironing out the exact hours for those days now and also inquiring with Georgetown Aquatics to see if we could extend the season. It may not be possible, but we’ll let you know soon on that front.

Board elections coming …

And just a reminder that any equity member can run for the Board of Directors. Elections are held traditionally on Labor Day when equity members meet to review the season, though we expect there may be some alterations to the normal routine this year. We will outline how the election process will work in a future update. If you are an equity member and interested in running for the Board, please email membership@rockcreekpool.com.

August 7, 2020 -- August is filling up, September hours

Advance reservations through August 30 …

Believe it or not, we’re already nearing the end of the summer! We hope you’ve enjoyed using the pool this summer and we thank you for your cooperation and flexibility during this unusual time.

The advance reservation period opens today at 11:30 am. This weekend, we’re only extending it out to August 30 as we realized the pool hours change on August 31 (see below).

As usual, you can reserve one spot today and one more on Sunday. We return to the “Day Of” reservations on Monday. Just a heads-up: You’re going to find limited opportunities to reserve spots moving forward as most of the August weekends are already booked up. Hopefully, this means you’ve already reserved one or two in the next three weeks. If you have, well done. This is a good opportunity to consider holding back to let others fill in the remaining opportunities.

This is also a good place to remind everyone to CANCEL YOUR RESERVATION if you end up not being able to make it. We want as many people to use the pool and it helps if we have an accurate count of available spots.

School-time hours …

Beginning August 31, we shift to our traditional Fall hours. This is part of the contract with Georgetown Aquatics and is tied to the guards returning to school (even if it’ll be remote-only).

The new hours will be:

  • August 31-September 4 (Monday-Friday) — 3:30 pm-8 pm
  • September 5-7 (Saturday, Sunday and Labor Day) — 8 am-8 pm
  • September 8-11 (Tuesday-Friday) — 3:30 pm-8 pm

The final weekend of the 2020 pool season is scheduled for September 12-13. We’re ironing out the exact hours for those days now and also inquiring with Georgetown Aquatics to see if we could extend the season. It may not be possible, but we’ll let you know soon on that front.

As for reservations, if you’ve already reserved a spot in a late-afternoon/evening weekday session between August 31-September 12, you should be fine. We likely will need to adjust the exact hours to accommodate the new schedule.

Unfortunately, for the few folks who reserved a spot in a morning/early afternoon session, you’ll likely need to cancel those sessions and reschedule. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Board elections coming …

And just a reminder that any equity member can run for the Board of Directors. Elections are held traditionally on Labor Day when equity members meet to review the season, though we expect there may be some alterations to the normal routine this year. We will outline how the election process will work in a future update. If you are an equity member and interested in running for the Board, please email membership@rockcreekpool.com.

July 31, 2020 -- Calendar expands to September 12, use of upper lot limited

Diving into the pool

Calendar expands to September 12 …

  1. The Advanced Reservations period starts today at 11:30 am … We’re expanding the calendar out another two weeks to Saturday, September 12. You can reserve ONE NEW SPOT per person for a future date across the length of the calendar. Not one per week, just one spot period. Just stick to one spot at a time across all sessions (general swim, lap lanes and deep-water exercise), please.
  2. On Sunday, you can add a second spot. Again, across the full calendar and across all sessions.
  3. We return to the “Day Of” reservations on Monday at 7:30 am.

We’re almost to the end of the calendar. Many of the weekend spots are filling up already so make sure you look far enough out to claim one of these high-demand days.

Upper lot parking area …

We really need to minimize the amount of cars in the upper-level parking lot, so please use the lower-level lot for parking and dropping off family members unless you require easier access to the pool. Too many cars in the upper lot creates an unsafe experience for the departing swimmers using the back gate. Thank you!

Board elections coming …

And just a reminder that any equity member can run for the Board of Directors. Elections are held traditionally on Labor Day when equity members meet to review the season, though we expect there may be some alterations to the normal routine this year. We will outline how the election process will work in a future update. If you are an equity member and interested in running for the Board, please email membership@rockcreekpool.com.

July 17, 2020 -- Confirmation emails, upper lot parking and make sure to cancel!

A day at the pool

The calendar continues to expand! …

  1. Advanced Reservations open today at 11:30 am … We’re expanding the calendar out another two weeks to Saturday, August 15. You can reserve ONE NEW SPOT per person for a future date across the length of the calendar. Not one per week, just one spot period. Just stick to one spot at a time across all sessions (general swim, lap lanes and deep-water exercise), please.
  2. On Sunday, you can add a second spot. Again, across the full calendar and across all sessions.
  3. We return to the “Day Of” reservations on Monday at 7:30 am.

For the most part, things have been working fairly well, and we really appreciate everyone’s attempts to comply with what can be a complicated system. Thank you!

And if you can’t go, let us know! …

Our cancellation rates have generally been OK or improving, but each day we are seeing unclaimed reservations across all sessions. If you know you can’t go, please take a moment to cancel as soon as you can so others might be able to claim the spot. Go to the Manage Your Reservations page and you can remove individuals or delete the entire reservation.

Also, if you need to, you can call the pool and ask the guards to cancel a reservation for you now! I don’t believe they can CREATE reservations, but they can manage existing ones.

Upper lot parking spots …

Just a reminder to use the lower-level parking lot unless you require easier access to the pool. We want to minimize congestion near the pool entrances as much as we can and we also want people to safely exit through the upper-level parking lot gate. It’s been reported that too many cars in the lot creates an unsafe experience for the departing swimmers.

Email confirmations …

When you book a reservation, you can now have confirmation emails sent to members of your account. This should help all of us remember what we have scheduled! It’s also a great reminder to manage your account to ensure all people have up-to-date email addresses.

July 9, 2020 -- Edit and cancel unused reservations

What’s the deal with Friday’s reservations? …

  1. Fridays at 7:30 am, “Day Of” reservations open as usual. You can reserve a spot for that day from what’s available (as always, please be judicious).
  2. THEN … Advanced Reservations open at 11:30 am … We’re expanding the calendar out another two weeks to Saturday, August 1. That means you can reserve ONE MORE SPOT per person for a future date across the length of the calendar. Not one per week, just one spot period.
    1. Already have a reservation from last week? That’s good, you should! You’re adding a spot, not replacing. If I have already reserved Saturday, July 18, for example, I can reserve another spot for Friday, July 17, if there’s a spot available. Just don’t ADD more than one spot at a time!
  3. Then on Sunday, you can add a second future spot. Again, across the full calendar.
  4. We return to the “Day Of” reservations on Monday at 7:30 am.

Again, do not go overboard, please. One spot means across all sessions: general swim, lap lane and deep-water exercise.

If you can’t go, let us know! …

You can now edit an existing reservation! Say you made a reservation for all four in your family but big brother is too cool to go to the pool. Go to the Manage Your Reservations page and you can remove him without having to delete the entire reservation.

Have the wrong kid listed? Go to the reservation and remove the wrong one and select the right one. Easy! And no more fear of losing your entire reservation.

And if you find the entire family can’t make the reservation, please CANCEL as soon as possible. We are finding that spots are being reserved and then not used. This creates a capacity issue and denies others from getting a chance to use the pool.

Swim and dive team update …

This week the Board approved use of the pool for swim and dive team practices before regular hours. This was done after reviewing a detailed proposal by the swim and dive reps that succinctly outlined their safety protocols. They are also covering all expenses and NO additional funds are required by membership. As part of the agreement, they have a strict limit on the number of participants. All spots are filled at this point. If your child didn’t have a chance this season and is interested in participating on the swim and/or dive teams next season, please email swimreps@rockcreekpool.com or divereps@rockcreekpool.com.

And parents, swim team members are prohibited from reserving a lap-lane spot. The practices count as their lap time and this was part of the agreement.

No further changes to the sessions …

At this time, the Board has decided not to make further adjustments to the sessions. There are demands across all facets of pool use from swim and dive team families, lap-lane swimmers, water aerobics fans, baby pool families, seniors, and, of course, the general swimmers. We’re finding it difficult to satisfy one group entirely without alienating another.

For the lap-lane swimmers, we’re reluctant to add a second lane during general swim because while the lap lanes do fill up quickly, general swim also consistently fills every session. Nearly every one of the last two weeks has been reserved to capacity. We’ve already increased capacity to accommodate 10 more people per session to satisfy demands while still being safe. To further reduce pool area is not possible without reducing the overall capacity.

Instead, we’re focusing on reservation management and education. We’re seeing many instances where people are reserving lap lanes and then not showing up. We’re monitoring reservations and check-ins and will take steps to correct this. We encourage folks to cancel any reservation well in advance so others have a chance to sign up.

All to say, we wish we could have things as they have always been. We will continue to analyze reservations and capacity across all sessions. If we see a drop-off in general swim attendance or discover other opportunities, we may revisit the schedule again. But for now, we’re going to stay the course with what we have.

Board elections coming …

Finally, and not entirely unrelated, did you know the Board of Directors is a volunteer position that any equity member can seek? Elections are held traditionally on Labor Day when equity members meet to review the season. We expect there may be some alterations to the normal routine this year. As we approach the date, we will let you know how the election process will work and how you can enter your name for consideration.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please email the Board of Directors at membership@rockcreekpool.com.

July 2, 2020 — Two-week advance reservation period

A day at the pool

August swimmers … the Board recently notified friends on the August swimmers list that we are not extending offers to use the pool this summer. We know it’s a disappointment for them but we’re focused on making sure our existing equity, senior and summer families can enjoy the pool as often and as safely as possible. We hope to see them poolside next season …

Babies and toddlers … A reminder that we cannot allow children who are not toilet trained in the main pool. We know the kiddie pool is currently closed and that creates no option for families with babies and toddlers. But if there is an accident, we are required to close and clean the pool and that’s not fair to the rest of the RCP community. …

The pool (of choices) is deeper … It’s no surprise that the weekend is the most popular time to enjoy the pool. Last week, folks jumped on our Friday and Saturday spots like it was U2 playing two nights at the Warner Theatre.

We know some spots were accidentally claimed initially and we cleared them later in the week. Still, those are the high-demand times and just about everyone wants to go on at least one of those days.

So we’re trying a new approach: starting tomorrow, we will open the calendar for advance reservations to two weeks at a time. You can pick ONE spot in ONE session on ONE day between Sunday, July 5-Saturday, July 18. That’s six weekend days to choose from, including:

  • Sunday, July 5
  • Friday, July 10
  • Saturday, July 11
  • Sunday, July 12
  • Friday, July 17
  • Saturday, July 18

The expectation is we will have 1,680 general swim weekend spots to reserve. That should get everyone a chance to get to the pool on at least one prime day.

Now, if you are lightning quick and claim a prime spot right away, bully for you! Now please adhere to the rule of one spot per person and do not make a second advance reservation.

And if you aren’t able to log in right at 11:30 am, we think this will help you. But please plan ahead and do not wait until the advance period has passed on Sunday morning before trying to claim a spot.

The advance reservation period ends Sunday morning at 7:30 am. At that time, you can go back and reserve a second spot. And please do not go in earlier than 7:30 am to reserve a spot — we want things to remain fair.

Each day following, you can check in at 7:30 am (again, not before) and reserve one spot per person from what’s available for that day. And while we want every spot claimed, please be judicious. Don’t log in every day at the opening bell to claim a spot. Instead, hang back if you’ve already gone once or twice and let others have a chance. Otherwise, we may have to tweak the system again (and no one wants that!) Thanks.

In case you missed it … here is a brief explanation of terms:

  1. SESSIONS (also called “Facilities”): This is the type of swim time you are reserving. There’s General Swim, Lap Lanes and Deep-Water Exercise.
  2. SPOTS (also called “Capacities”): This is how many people can be at the pool during a session. General rule is, ONE SPOT = ONE PERSON.

As an example, a family of four may reserve four spots in advance. Three might sign up for a General Swim SESSION (3 SPOTS) at Noon, while the fourth person reserves a 9 am lap-lane SESSION (1 SPOT). In that case, the four people are going to 2 SESSIONS using 4 SPOTS.

June 25, 2020 -- General Swim Sessions Open

And so it truly begins! General Swim sessions kick off today and we couldn’t be more excited. We’ve produced a fun instructional video to show you how to check in and exit the pool.

If you have a reservation, there are a few key tips to know:

  • Please carefully review the Guidelines and Safety Requirements before you come to the pool. It’ll help save time and cut down on frustration.
  • Every adult must sign a waiver before they can swim. The waiver is available online. Please print it out and bring it with you. It’s also at the guard desk.
  • Arrive 10 minutes or so before your reservation time and wait outside the gate. The guards need to clear the prior session and clean the area before they can let the next group enter.
  • Families of three or more should set up along the north and east side of the pool. There are tables for single family use.
  • Individuals and couples should claim a square in the south side grass.
  • There are no chairs provided. You may bring your own chairs.
  • At this time, there are NO LAP LANES set up during general swim. You can still swim the length of the pool but we have not set up dedicated lanes for use.
  • There is NO ADULT SWIM at this time. General swim sessions are a continuous one hour and 45 minutes.
  • You may bring prepared food for your personal use. But grills and refrigerators are not in service. And at this time, pizza and other food deliveries are prohibited.
  • The water fountains are not in service. Bring your own plastic bottle for personal use.
  • There are specific traffic flow patterns now. Enter the pool through the front gate. Exit the pool through the back gate. Enter bath facilities from the kiddie pool side, and exit out the grill area.

traffic flow

Remember, this season will be different. Everyone in your family should understand there are a lot of changes to the pool experience. These changes are done to comply with current Montgomery County regulations and to allow us to open the pool in as safe a manner as possible.

Key changes include:

  • Reservations are strictly required to use the pool.
  • Face coverings are required when interacting with staff or persons not from your household.
  • The kiddie pool is closed per county rules. Unfortunately, children who are not toilet trained are prohibited from entering the main pool.
  • There are no guests allowed at this time. We have limited capacity and we need to be able to account for every person at the pool. Your guest passes will be valid for future use.
  • Take all your personal items and belongings when you leave. There is no “Lost & Found” as we cannot store any forgotten clothing or towels at the pool and anything left at closing will be discarded.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please email the Board of Directors at membership@rockcreekpool.com.

June 22, 2020 -- The pool opens (for limited use)!

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Today is a great day. We’re excited to take our first step toward being fully operational.

We hope yesterday’s open reservations process worked relatively smoothly for you. We know some of us had some technical issues and others were unable to claim a spot in the first few general swim time blocks. We’re sorry if that was the case for you — please know there will be plenty of opportunity to swim this season.

As a reminder, today through Wednesday are limited to individual swim in the lap lanes and deep-water portion of the pool. This is to get our guards up to speed and not overwhelm the system.

General swim starts Thursday. Next week will be a full schedule of days mixing four General Swim blocks with designated lap lane/deep water exercise times. Next week’s reservations open Friday morning.

So now what?

This season will be different. Everyone in your family should understand there are a lot of changes to the pool experience. These changes are done to comply with current Montgomery County regulations and to allow us to open the pool in as safe a manner as possible.

Please carefully review the Guidelines and Safety Requirements before you come to the pool.

Key changes include:

  • Reservations are strictly required to use the pool.
  • Face coverings are required when interacting with staff or persons not from your household.
  • There are no chairs. You may bring your own chairs.
  • Tables are intended for families (three or more people) during General Swim. Do not move or share a table with anyone outside of your family.
  • Individuals and couples should claim an available square patch in the grass near the main entrance, or a spot on the deck.
  • The kiddie pool is closed per county rules. Unfortunately, children who are not toilet trained are prohibited from entering the main pool.
  • There are no guests allowed at this time. We have limited capacity and we need to be able to account for every person at the pool. Your guest passes will be valid for future use.
  • Grills and refrigerators are not in service. At this time, pizza and other food deliveries are prohibited.
  • The water fountains are not in service. Bring your own plastic bottle for personal use.
  • Take all your personal items and belongings when you leave. There is no “Lost & Found” as we cannot store any forgotten clothing or towels at the pool and anything left at closing will be discarded.

That’s a lot to take in, and there’s more on the Guidelines page. But it’s important you understand these changes so you can get the most out of the 2020 pool season.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please email the Board of Directors at membership@rockcreekpool.com.

June 19. 2020 — Phase 2 Update

In light of Montgomery County’s announcement of Phase 2 openings, and with mixed emotions, we are preparing to open the pool on Monday, June 22.

We have consistently stated that we would prepare to open if allowed and if we thought we could do so safely. We are now at that crossroads. We hope to thread that fine line of providing a space to exercise and relax to escape our current home confines in a safe manner.

We would like to ask you to bear with us in accepting this season’s restrictions, in hopes that we can return to some of our more festive and easygoing Rock Creek traditions in 2021. Below you will find information on how to access the pool, as well as the steps we are taking to meet the restrictions and practices mandated by local health authorities.

Providing a safe and pleasant Rock Creek experience will require patience, consideration, and sensitivity to each other’s concerns. To a large extent the burden to comply with safety and health guidelines will fall on each individual and family, as the lifeguards and staff on duty at the pool will not be able to discern who is part of each family or group. As in the past, their job is to guard your safety while in the water and on the pool deck.

Please also keep in mind that some of these procedures are likely to change as we move forward and are able to adapt to what works and what doesn’t, while taking your suggestions into account.

With that, please carefully read the following:

Reserving Time at Rock Creek

  • The number of people at Rock Creek is restricted, per Montgomery County guidelines.
  • In order to stay within our limit, we are using an online reservation system.
  • Everyone will be required to make a reservation for the day and time they wish to visit the pool. When the system is live, you will go to our website to reserve a time. (NOTE: We will post more detailed instructions on making reservations as soon as possible.)
  • We will likely adjust our operating hours to accommodate as many members as possible: for example the pool will be open 8:00am-8:00pm each day (subject to confirmation).
  • Members must reserve spots in advance (we are still finalizing the time period and number of reservations per time period but likely will open reservations for a week at a time).
  • Please remember to keep track of all of your personal items; we cannot store any forgotten clothing or towels at the pool and anything left at closing will be discarded.
  • We will have requirements for anyone making a reservation. For example, by making a reservation, you agree that 1) you will not bring to the pool anyone who has had a fever in the 24 hours preceding the reservation time;  2) families are responsible for enforcing social distancing from non-family members while at the club; 3) all members of your party will abide by the pool rules and posted signs; and 4) you will depart the club promptly at the end of your reserved time to allow for clean-up and processing of the next group.
  • Due to capacity restrictions we are not admitting non-member guests at this time and Daily Guest Passes cannot be used. If you have a caregiver who brings your children to the pool they must be added and paid for on your account.
  • We have separate time periods for dedicated lap swimming and general swim. Montgomery County restrictions permit only one patron per lap lane. As a result, during the period reserved for lap swimming, the total number of swimmers allowed in the pool area is lower than it is during general swim periods. In the coming weeks, we may be able to adjust times for lap swimming and general swim based on use and changing County guidelines.
  • Reserved times will not be adjusted for weather or other unexpected closures. If staff must close the pool unexpectedly for any weather or other reason, members may be asked to leave the pool for the remainder of their reserved time.
  • An adult must accompany children younger than 14 years old.

While at Rock Creek

  • Face coverings are required when interacting with staff or persons not from your household.
  • Please be respectful and attentive to the lifeguards and managers.
  • Lap lanes may only be used by one patron at a time (regardless of whether they are from the same family). During dedicated lap swim periods, only the patron who reserved the lane may use the lane. During general swim periods, two lap lanes may be available for use by an individual patron, with at most one patron waiting to use the lane. We will not have a separate system for reserving lap lanes during the general swim periods, as this would be prohibitively confusing. If you are using a lap lane during a general swim period, please be mindful of other patrons. If another patron is waiting to use the lane, please do not remain in the lane longer than 30 minutes.
  • While in the water or on deck, patrons should be alone or with members of their own household.
  • Pool staff will set tables on the grounds at appropriate distances. Please do not move tables. No chairs will be provided. You are free to bring your own chairs.
  • Sharing of any items like food, toys, or kick boards is discouraged. Pool noodles are prohibited.

Other important points

  • The kiddie pool is closed at least until phase 3 of reopening. Unfortunately, children who are not toilet trained are prohibited in the main pool.
  • Basketball courts will be open–use at your own risk.
  • Tennis courts are available for reservation separately. Use at your own risk.
  • Grills and refrigerators are not available. There will be no food or drinks at the pool at this time and we cannot yet allow any grilling or refrigerator use. For the first week, please bring a water bottle only. We will announce if we can ease restrictions on bringing food.
  • Signs will be posted around the pool as reminders of current restrictions.
  • Showers will be available for use prior to entering the pool but we strongly encourage patrons to shower at home. Toilets and the changing areas in the bathrooms will also be available but again encourage patrons to limit public bath spaces to emergency use only. Social distancing in these spaces is required in accordance with County regulations. Please minimize use of these spaces.

To state the obvious, this year presents us with an entirely new set of challenges. We thank you in advance for bearing with us as we work to make sure we can all share in a safe and pleasant experience at our beloved Rock Creek Pool. We understand that this is not what anyone hoped for when we paid our dues for the season. We are looking at various options for partial credits toward 2021 season dues but first need to understand our ability to provide access to the pool for the remainder of the season and associated costs. We will keep you posted. In the meantime, we thank you for your commitment to keeping Rock Creek Pool safe and accessible, to the degree possible, this summer.

Sincerely,

The Rock Creek Pool Board

June 12, 2020 — Pool Status

On Wednesday, June 10, Montgomery County gave us its first indication that pools may be allowed to open for lap swimming only under yet-to-be defined requirements, in Phase 2 of the county-wide reopening. The County has indicated that Phase 2 will “likely go into effect the week of June 15-19.”

Our last update, on May 28, indicated three main milestones in order to open: 1) county approval to open pools; 2) pass inspection by the county Health Department; and 3) operate within all the guidelines specified by the state and county.

The Board and our pool operator continue to move in this direction. The pool has gone through the “normal” inspection process. Now we just need to come into compliance with the COVID-19 restrictions the county develops. We are anticipating some of the guidelines and are in the process of getting signage, creating a reservation system, and mapping out physical distancing guidelines on the pool property.

Our current plan is to open with severe restrictions on time slots and a limited number of patrons at any one time. In this initial step, Stage 1, we will open for lap swimming and individual water exercise only, in accordance with county guidelines. This will enable us to train the staff, set expectations of patrons, and reach an overall understanding of how to safely provide access to the pool for the patrons and staff. We hope to learn from this experience so that we can transition safely to increased capacity and different types of swimming in Stage 2, if and when restrictions are lifted. The Board is thinking about those different scenarios and planning for additional “stages” of opening as county guidelines are relaxed.

While we don’t know exactly when we will be prepared to open safely and in accordance with the county requirements, please know we are doing what we can now to prepare and will communicate any changes by email and on our website as soon as we know them. Thank you for your patience and support.

Sincerely,
Rock Creek Pool Board

May 28, 2020 -- Update

On Wednesday, May 27, 2020, the Governor issued a “Directive and Order Regarding Swimming Pools” for pools operating in Maryland. This is the first guidance issued by State or County authorities indicating the conditions that pools must meet in order to open.

This guidance is helpful in clarifying certain benchmarks we must meet in order to open under state guidelines. Unfortunately, it is not a green light for opening the pool. While the state has nominally approved opening pools (within a complicated set of restrictions), Montgomery County government has not yet indicated any such approval. We cannot open until 1) the county government approves pool openings, 2) until we pass an inspection by the county Health Department, and 3) until we can operate within all the guidelines specified by the state (in addition to any further guidelines provided by the county).

While these state guidelines are a step in the reopening direction, they also specify conditions that will not be easy to implement. These guidelines will impose both new costs and drastically changed operating conditions so expectations must be altered. Those operating changes will likely include the following: restricted number of patrons at any one time; no guests; advance sign-up to ensure the pool does not exceed capacity restrictions; limit use of bath house to restrooms only; one-way foot traffic patterns for entering and exiting the pool grounds; and limited or no use of common tables and chairs. These are just some of the operating changes we are anticipating based on the guidance so far summarized below.

The Order sets limitations on Pool Operations in “Section 1. Limitations on Pool Operations” comprising mainly on the capacity of main swimming pools and the posting of safety signs. (Kiddie pools are not allowed to open, at least under these guidelines.)

“Section 2.A. Pool Operations” specifies seven requirements to “Prepare the Facility/Grounds,” concerning the number of patrons in the water, ability to maintain social distancing on the grounds and in waiting lines, maintain soap for washing, ensure hand sanitizer stations, and cleaning of common touch points and equipment.

In “Section 2.B. Protecting Employees,” there are six requirements/guidance about how to protect employees. In “Section 2.C. Protecting Patrons,” there are five requirements/guidelines to protect patrons including ensuring that patrons stay at least 6 feet apart (both in and out of the water) from other individuals not from their household. And lastly, “Section 2.D Cleaning and Disinfection” indicates that pool operators shall follow nine directives to maintain compliance with the Governor’s order.

So, while the state indicates that pools that meet the above requirements by May 29, 2020 can open, the reality is 1) those requirements are not easy to meet; and 2) Montgomery County will provide its own requirements and guidelines that may differ from those of the state.

As we have indicated before, we are actively preparing the pool to open and we have been in touch with County Health officials to schedule our regular inspection opening (still waiting to be scheduled given reduced and overburdened county staff). We also now must prepare to implement the additional requirements just now articulated by the state. We have anticipated some of these requirements, but they will still take time to implement, especially given the demands for personal protective equipment and sanitizing equipment that is in short supply.

We know that everyone is eager to enjoy the pool. Please understand that we are doing our best to secure county approval and to work with our pool operator, Georgetown Aquatics, to meet the complicated state specifications for opening, and that this will take some time. We will keep you posted as we hear further details about the county status, gain clarity about a prospective opening date, and the guidelines for usage that opening in 2020 will entail.

Thank you for your patience and support.

Sincerely,

Iain Gold
Rock Creek Pool President

May 25, 2020 -- Tennis courts are open

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This Memorial Day is not what anyone planned. With the status of the pool opening uncertain and now the swim & dive seasons canceled, we’re facing a disappointing time. Still, some positive developments are underway.

For one, the tennis courts are now open for member-use only! Visit the tennis page for the code to access the courts (you’ll need to log into this site to see the code). The courts look terrific, too, as we have finished the resurfacing and fencing project. New LED lights are scheduled for installation soon.

Also, when the pool does eventually open, you’ll enjoy the new deck adjacent to the Pavilion. The deck is one of the last parts of the modernization project and we couldn’t be happier with the results.

April 14, 2020 -- Update on the pool season

We’ve been in regular contact with our pool operator and other pools to see how they are approaching the summer season. Everyone we have been in touch with is moving forward and preparing their pools to open on their normal schedule (it takes four to six weeks to prepare for opening). As we indicated in previous messages, we believe that decision will be dictated by some combination of state and local officials. In addition to COVID-19 considerations, in advance of any “normal” season, all pools must pass a Montgomery County Health Department inspection and those inspections need to be scheduled within a short time period prior to normal opening dates.

Given the amount of lead time preparation, it seems prudent to prepare to be able to open as soon allowed. That requires incurring a certain amount of costs starting now. In addition, the pool, whether we are able to use it or not, costs money to maintain and run. We’ve been working on contingency planning and reviewing our annual fixed costs versus our variable costs. Not surprisingly, our biggest variable cost is lifeguard hours which will be dependent on when we open. Please also keep in mind that we have undertaken a number of modernization projects over the past few years (expansion of the main pool, complete remodel of the baby pool, the pavilion, the counter and sink, and the front steps) and this year the finalization of the deck, repairing our parking lot street lights and resurfacing of the tennis and basketball courts (all items in motion before COVID-19), that we need to pay for including principal payments on our outstanding loan that helped finance many of those projects.

With that context, and our hope to keep Rock Creek Pool the special place that it is the Board has indicated that we need to be prepared to open when able, rather than to scramble to catch up after-the-fact. If we aren’t able to open, we will work hard to determine what portion of the dues we could apply to next year or refund.

We recognize that this pandemic is creating challenges for many of us and these are not easy times, however, we want Rock Creek Pool to be ready to host families in the event that we are able to open. May we all draw strength from the vision of the families that created Rock Creek Pool over 60 years ago when they asked hundreds of their neighbors to put a deposit on an idea to buy land and build a pool in the Spring of 1958 to see it open just a year later on June 7, 1959 with a full complement of 400 Equity Members and a waitlist of 18. With all your support we hope that the Pool can be a haven during these extraordinary times and continue to be part of our community for seasons to come.

Thanks for your understanding,

Sincerely,

Iain Gold
Rock Creek Pool President

March 16, 2020 — Coronavirus and registration update

The Rock Creek Pool Board is monitoring the daily developments surrounding the novel coronavirus. We share the sense of uncertainty about the pandemic’s impact to our daily lives and recognize the summer pool season is not at the top of the priority list right now.

The Board conducted an unscheduled call on Sunday, March 15 to discuss the pandemic and its potential impact on Rock Creek Pool operations and its families. We agreed to extend the registration deadline to Friday, April 17. Hopefully, that will give families that need it some additional time to better understand what to expect over the coming months. With that said, if you can pay your registration now, it will be extremely helpful to us as the turnaround to pool opening is very tight and we want to let waitlist families know as soon as possible if they can swim this summer.

We also discussed the need to be ready for the pool season to open on Friday, May 15, though that decision will likely be determined by federal, state, and local authorities. Our pool operator, Georgetown Aquatics, as of now is operating under a normal schedule to prepare the pools it operates for the scheduled openings. If our ability to open is impacted, we will communicate as soon as possible any alternative schedule and possible options for partial refunds of 2020 swim fees. Please know that Rock Creek Pool operates with a certain set of fixed costs and not all fees would be refundable.

As for tennis, the courts remain open for use by individual and small groups of Rock Creek Pool members. The Spring tennis programs are scheduled to begin April 12. but we will also follow the guidance of federal, state, and local authorities about that start date.

We know this is a challenging time and we thank you for your understanding.

State of the Pool 2020

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

Happy 2020! We look to enter this new decade with continued improvements to our pool and surrounding facilities. We are on target for an early April completion of a new deck adjacent to the pavilion and over the pump house. We are in the process of finalizing proposals for: (1) resurfacing the tennis courts and replacing the fences around the tennis and basketball courts; and (2) repairing all our street pole lights and upgrading those fixtures and others to LED lights. The other major cost before Opening Day, Friday, May 15, will be re-plastering the old part of the pool that hasn’t been done in a while and its condition is deteriorating. Below are other updates on other key pool items.

RCP Board

At the Annual Meeting in September the Equity Members selected seven members for a new two-year term. Those eight are: Kent Allen; Jim Hermes; Rebecca Luib; Jaime McKenna; Tim Nealis; Jane Ward; and Sharon Winick. They join the other eight members who have one year remaining on their terms (see Board). Consistent with our bylaws the new board selects the officers at its first meeting; the following board members were elected for the following officer positions:

  • President – Iain Gold
  • Vice President – Marge Martin
  • Treasurer – Joel Rubin
  • Secretary – Sharon Winick

Selling Equity Membership & Dues Deadline

As we prepare for the upcoming season, we need to know if there are Equity Members who wish to sell their memberships and we also want to prepare you to register and pay for the season in a timely manner. If your family has not been using the pool, we ask that you consider selling your membership to make space for families on our extensive waitlist. Please contact Admin@RockCreekPool.com by March 13, 2020, to sell your membership and to receive a refund of your $1,150 equity share.

We offer Senior Swim privileges for $200 (current fee) to Equity Members who are age 65 years or older with at least 20 years of Equity Membership. Senior Swim privileges are limited to the Account Holder and their spouse/partner. You can still purchase Daily Guest Passes to bring visitors, use the tennis courts, and attend social events. Your use of the pool experience will be the same and by becoming a Senior Swimmer you are allowing four families to move up the waitlist. There are currently a few spots available so if you are interested in Senior Swim privileges, please notify Admin@RockCreekPool.com.

Dues & Assessments

As we articulated at the beginning of the modernization process, the Board approved a combination of a dues increase, a special member assessment (applied to Equity Members’ ownership in the pool) and a capital assessment for a period of three years – last year was the final year! Therefore, this year there are no assessments and the 2020 season dues remain as follows:

  • Equity Member $595
  • Senior Swim $200
  • Waitlist-Summer Swim $725
  • Waitlist-August Swim $275

In an effort to better manage and predict our income stream and to help families on the waitlist plan their summers, the Board has approved an earlier registration cycle. Registration will open at the beginning of March with payment due by March 31, 2020. We need your cooperation so that offers can be extended to families on the waitlist in April. This will also help us to notify families receiving Waitlist-August Swim earlier in the summer.

  • February: Equity Members electing to sell – please inform us ASAP or by March 13*
  • First week of March: Season Dues Registration notice emailed
  • By March 31: pay season dues, request waivers (see below for more details on waivers)
  • April: Extend offers to waitlist families (based on Equity sales and waivers)
  • May 1: Late fees assessed
  • By mid-June: Offers to Waitlist-August Swim families

Season Waivers

For families with Waitlist-Summer Swim privileges, the Board approved more closely aligning the waiver rules with those for Equity Members. Beginning this year, Summer Swim families on the waitlist for Equity Membership may only waive season dues twice while on the waitlist. If you have previously waived season dues twice, you will be granted one additional waiver. In addition, the fee for a season waiver will increase to $50 (from $25).

Tennis

ProsToYou is continuing as our tennis provider for the 2020 season. We already have a strong tennis base and ProsToYou is offering more programs to build the tennis community. Spring and Summer programs for all ages and skill levels, including the ever-popular Summer weekday morning program, will be offered. New this year will be regular full day (9:00am-4:00pm) and half day (9:00am-12:30pm or 12:30pm-4:00pm) camp options. Tennis and camp programs are only open to Rock Creek Pool Equity Members and Waitlist-Summer and August Swim families during the months that they have swim privileges. Please see PTY-Rock Creek Programs for more information.

Swim and Dive Teams

The Rock Creek Fins will compete in swimming and diving again this year with the swimming Fins competing in Division I of the Montgomery County Swim League and the diving Fins in Division 1 of Montgomery County Diving League. Registration for both teams is through a separate dedicated team registration platform. More information will be posted on our website as it becomes available.

Volunteers

RCP is run by a group of volunteers and we depend on all of YOU to help each year in a variety of ways: social, grounds clean-up, organizing an event, communication, purchasing food for an event, etc. Please plan to support your community pool by volunteering your time and expertise.

As always, your comments are appreciated – you can reach me at President@RockCreekPool.com.

Sincerely,

Iain Gold, President

* Families offered Equity Membership pay the one-time $1,150 equity share in addition to the annual season dues. The sooner we can inform new Equity Members, the better they can budget. We can accept membership sales in March or April and still make New Member offers but more notice is appreciated.

Download a PDF version of this letter.

Hours of Operation

Effective Monday, September 28, 2020:

  • The pool is closed.
  • Tennis & basketball courts are open for members 8:00am-10:00pm.