President’s February 2018 State of Rock Creek Pool Letter

March 24, 2018

 

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

It’s been a busy, and sometimes trying (especially the Montgomery County permitting process) off-season at the pool but since the beginning of March there have been positive developments and the construction is progressing. To address the obvious question – we are cautiously optimistic of being able to open by Memorial Day weekend with a target opening date of Friday, May 25.

The current construction calendar is on an aggressive schedule and barring any stretch of bad weather, additional permitting issues, or other unusual events we should make that deadline.

In January, the old pool perimeter and baby pool demolition started. Elite was able to get the new pool shell poured so that the complicated plumbing issues (bringing the entire system up to code and combining the new and old plumbing systems) could be tested. Those systems passed their tests in early March. We upgraded our old filtration system and added necessary equipment for the larger pool so we should have a much better and more efficient pool filtration system. All the plumbing and new electrical wires have been run and the ground has been filled back in preparation for building of the covered structure.

Work has begun on the County-required changes to the men’s bathroom (additional toilets and sinks), the food preparation area, and the footers have been poured for the covered structure. Hoping that we are finished with snow and windy weather, Elite can make progress on the covered structure and the County-required Storm Water Management System in the next two weeks.

There are lots of moving pieces but personally, I am very excited about the modernization upgrades. In addition to a larger pool, the covered structure, and food preparation area, we are upgrading the pool lighting, fences and a few other amenities. I would like to thank Patrick Moffitt for being the point person on the daily interactions with Elite.

We’ll have a better sense of our ability to adhere to the opening schedule by the end of April and will post updates on a consistent basis through our social media platforms.

Please keep reading – there are other items we need you to know – especially Equity Members who wish to sell their memberships.

RCP Board

At the Annual Meeting in August the Equity Members re-elected the seven members up for election to their two-year term. They join the other eight members who have one year remaining on their terms (see website). At the first board meeting in September, the following board members were elected for the following officer positions:

Membership

For Equity Members, now is the time to decide if you will retain your membership. We have a good number of families that used the pool fewer than five times last summer and we have an extensive wait list. Please contact Admin@RockCreekPool.com by March 31, 2018, to sell your membership and to receive a refund of your $950 equity share.

While we do offer Senior Swim privileges to Equity Members who are age 65 years or older with 20 years of membership, we are currently at our maximum of 70 slots. If you are interested, please notify Admin@RockCreekPool.com to add your name to the wait list. Once offered, you would sell your membership but retain swim privileges for $200 (current price) for the Account Holder and their spouse/partner.

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 – we are in year two of these fees. The dues schedules is as follows:

 

2018 Dues Special

Assessment

Capital

Assessment

Total
Equity Member $595 $100 $60 $755
Summer Swim $725 $120 $845
Senior Swim $200 $200
August Swim $275 $275

 

Registration is scheduled to open the week of April 9 with payments due by April 30.

Pool and Grounds (and Purple Line)

For those of you that don’t live in the immediate area, I cannot understate the impact of the Purple Line construction. A significant number of trees have been removed along the Purple Line track (the Georgetown Branch Path that runs along the top of our property).

In addition, we had a handful of trees that needed to be removed as a result of natural and weather-induced causes including, unfortunately, one of the iconic oak trees in the southwest corner (by the upper parking lot) of the bathhouse. This tree had a fungus that was rapidly killing it.

The sale of the land required to build the Purple Line will close this year. We are consulting with landscapers about remediation efforts within the pool boundaries. In addition, we are planning to consult with appropriate Purple Line contacts about their landscaping and how to supplement what they are doing.

Volunteers

RCP is run by a group of volunteers and we always need help for a variety of events (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

Update on Qualifications for Senior Swim Privileges

To All Full Equity Members:

The Board, at our recent meeting, has decided to make Senior Swim privileges available as an option to long-term Full Equity Members.

Specifically, we decided to increase the number of eligible Senior Swim accounts to 70 (up from 50) and to reduce the required minimum length of membership to 20 years (down from 25 years). So Full Members who are age 65 and have held an equity membership for 20 years (i.e. Full Member by 1997) can sell their membership and retain swim privileges for two adult members of their household. (See FAQs below for additional details).

If you are interested and believe you qualify, or have questions not addressed in the FAQ, please contact Admin@RockCreekPool.com. We’ll provide an additional week for you to make your decision so please let us know by February 24, 2017 if you want to be considered for Senior Swim privileges.

2017 Senior Swim FAQ

  • Who has to be 65 to qualify? Either the Account Holder or the second household member. Senior Swim privileges are limited to the Account Holder and a spouse/partner (or one other adult immediate family member who resides in the household). All other household members must be removed from the account. You would need to pay guest fees for additional household members to be admitted to the pool.
  • At what point does someone in the household have to be 65? Either account member must have been born in 1952 (or before) at any time during the year, not necessarily before the 2017 swim season begins. Account member birth dates must be entered in your online account to verify eligibility.
  • When did I obtain Full Membership? Please remember that most families spent years on the waitlist and had Summer Swim privileges before being offered Full “Equity” Membership. The 20-year threshold refers to the date you bought the “equity” share in the pool, not when you applied for membership. You will be eligible if you purchased your equity share by 1997.
  • How does someone with Senior Swim privileges differ from a Full Member? The Senior Swimmer no longer owns a share in pool, cannot vote, run for the Board, request a season dues waiver, or convey their membership with the sale of their house since the share is sold when converting to Senior Swim. In addition, the household converting can only have one other account member. Senior Swimmers do have normal use of the pool and grounds facilities, social events and can bring guests at the current guest rates.
  • What is the current value of my Equity Share? The current value of membership is $850. A check for the equity share will be sent, then the 2017 season dues ($200) are payable by April 30.
  • Does the Senior Swim category have to pay any Capital or Special Assessments? No.
  • How do I apply to be considered for Senior Swim privileges? The request to sell membership (an email is fine) must be from the Account Holder (the person who applied for membership). Please keep in mind, you cannot be put on the Senior Swim wait list until you are eligible (i.e. meet the two requirements).
  • Who determines eligibility? We review your records and, if eligible, will place you on the list to be considered. Since those eligibility requirements just changed, we will consider all new applications received by February 24, 2017. If we hit the 70 category limit, preference will be given to those who have been Full Members for the longest time. After this year, preference will revert to a first applied.
  •  Can Senior Swim request a season waiver? No.
  • What happens if the Board decides to eliminate the Senior Swim category? To our knowledge this has never come up. One would expect that a future Board would ‘grandfather’ those in the Senior Swim category.

Check-in Cards

Pool President Gretchen Ekstrom will be handing out check-in cards on Sunday, June 5th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. We’ll announce other pick-up times periodically, so check the calendar.  The cards that were printed and distributed last year may be used this year.  If you didn’t pick them up last year, Gretchen would like you to have them.  The cards may be used to enter the pool quickly when there are lines.  Do not fear!  The desk attendant will still check you in if you don’t have a card.

In order to receive a card, your account must be current:

  • dues paid,
  • caregivers listed with payment,
  • all adult children not living at home removed from the account, and
  • photographs must be uploaded to your account for each person.

Please check your account.

Can’t make it for pick-up?  If all the above requirements are fulfilled, send Gretchen an email with the names of all the individuals on the account to president@rockcreekpool.com.  She will leave the cards at the pool for you if you can’t pick them up at a scheduled pick-up time.

Cards for new Summer Swimmers have not yet been printed; we’ll let you know when they are available for pick-up.

All questions about the cards should be directed to president@rockcreekpool.com.