most recent update: August 30, 2020
Welcome Back Glenwood Members!
The Glenwood Board of Directors continues to monitor updates from county, state and national public health officials and adapt accordingly. Please know that our first priority is the safety and health of our members and staff, and we ask that you read, understand, and comply with this summer’s rules and restrictions. With everyone’s help and awareness, we can all enjoy a safe summer at Glenwood.
Watch this space and check back at least weekly! This page compiles information relating to how Glenwood navigates the summer of Covid. In addition to communicating regularly via email to subscribers, we’ll be revising this page periodically to capture any new developments. And ICYMI, you’ll find links to all related email correspondence at the bottom of this page.
On June 21, all member households should have received notices to pay remaining 2020 dues. To complete your payment online, you should go to Glenwood’s MemberSplash page, and log in to your account to make your payment using your household billing account email address (warning: you may need to speak with your spouse/partner).
Payment was due July 8. After July 8, Glenwood will accept dues payments + $50 late fee through July 15. After July 15, any Glenwood member who has not payed their remaining 2020 dues or canceled membership will revert to “inactive” status for the rest of this season. As long as you have paid your $250 fixed cost obligation, you may put your membership on hold (ie., go inactive) for this summer and be eligible to return in spring 2021._Inactive members will not be permitted on the pool grounds this year.
Currently, we are suspending action on current waitlist applications for membership to Glenwood. We have not yet determined whether to extend August-only memberships for families currently on the waitlist this year; however, waitlist applications are still being accepted here.
All future decisions regarding 2020 membership will be communicated via email as our financial situation becomes more clear. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
What Summer 2020 Will Look Like
The Glenwood Board has worked hard to safely open our pool for the 2020 season during Covid-19. Unfortunately, it won’t be summer as usual at the Big G. To open safely, we will follow the federal, state, and county guidelines, in addition to our own regulations, to keep you and our staff as safe as possible.
We ask that all members who wish to use the pool this summer follow all regulations and do the following:
- Pay your dues. Upload current photos of members on your account. Read and sign the Covid Waiver to acknowledge risk and release Glenwood Recreation Club of all liability.
- Know and follow the rules — the usual ones, and updated requirements in response to Covid (see below). CDC, Maryland, and Montgomery County rules may evolve. We will post links and updates to all regulations and communicate any changes to our rules and operating procedures.
- CDC Recommendations on Pools
- State of Maryland Directive on Swimming Pools and Guidance on Outdoor Pools.
- Montgomery County Directives and Guidance
- MoCo County Public Pool Opening Announcement — Guidelines for public pools opening July 6.
Please read through our working rules below before coming to the pool.
Operating Rules and Explanations
- As of June 22, 2020 and until further notice, our pool admission capacity is 177 members. This number is based on the square footage of our pool and mandated by the County.
- The board has revised the daily schedule into two five-hour blocks, 10 am – 3 pm and 4-9pm. The pool is closed between 3-4 pm for intensive cleaning and sanitization, so chosen because the overlap in changing staff shifts enables us to have more people on hand to clean.
- Pool access will be granted through a mix of online reservations and walk-ins. Membership accounts MUST be up to date in order to be admitted — NO EXCEPTIONS.
- The baby pool is closed per State and County guidelines.
- There will be no lap lanes at this time. (The best time to swim laps is during adult swim, the last 15 minutes of each hour.)
- The pool is open to members only. No guests are allowed this season.
- Children under age 13 not admitted without parent.
- We ask members to practice social distancing with all non-household members and Glenwood staff. Please be responsible for monitoring your children’s and family members’ compliance with social distancing policies.
- Everyone who comes to the pool must wear a face covering at check-in, during any time on the deck, and in the bathhouse. Members must also wear a mask to speak to staff on duty.
- Members are to bring their own chairs.
- All green-and-white chairs are put away for safety. Do not remove or touch the stored chairs.
- Wooden tables and umbrellas are provided and spaced to accommodate social distancing.
- Do not move or rearrange the tables. Only lifeguards may move furniture.
- Per CDC guidelines, “cleaning and disinfection of wooden surfaces (play structures, benches, tables) … is not recommended.”
- Bathhouse use:
- We strongly encourage members to shower at home to minimize time in the bathhouse. The CDC recommends that patrons shower before entering the pool.
- Please follow social distancing guidelines when using the bathhouse. Children must be supervised by an adult at all times.
- Soap is provided. Spray hand sanitizer will be available in a few locations around the pool. Please note that the hand sanitizer we provide is not gel and has a high alcohol content. Be careful when spraying it.
- Cubby storage is not available in the bathhouses this summer.
- As always, infants and toddlers who aren’t toilet trained *must* wear tight-fitting rubber pants (not just swim diapers!) in the pool at all times. Accidents will close the entire pool for several hours — as long as it takes for the filtration system to finish refiltering the pool.
- BYOS (Bring Your Own Supplies). Please do not ask the staff to provide you with supplies (wipes and masks). We are able to get what we need for operational purposes, but we unfortunately can’t give or sell stuff you lose or forget. Plan ahead and bring whatever you need to help you comfortably enjoy the pool, including masks, wipes, table cloths, camp chairs, BBQ utensils, etc. Except for glass. Never, ever, bring glass.
Amenities and Activities Not Available/Permitted this Summer:
- Water Fountain
- Snack bar
- Deck games (e.g., tetherball, corn hole, and table tennis)
- Group and private swim lessons
- Community and social events (Fourth of July party, Crab Feast, Ladies’ and Men’s Nights, Dive-in Movies, Swim4Tim & Teen Overnight, etc.)
- Reserved private parties
- Lost and Found (All items left behind will be disposed of at the end of the day, with the exception of wallets, keys, and other high-value items.)
- Kickboards and pool noodles
- Tubes, rafts, large floaties. Balls, water guns, and pretty much any toy you can think of. Only water wings and other individual flotation devices for small children are allowed.
- BBQ Utensils
- Regular Food Truck Fridays (we will arrange occasional food truck service and announce as able)
Scheduling Time at the Pool
Glenwood is implementing a reservations and drop-in pool admission system that will allow half of the allowed members to reserve sessions and half of the members to wait in line for first-come, first-served spots. Instructions on the reservation system and an FAQ can be found here.
GRC Board Correspondence Related to Summer 2020 Opening and Operations
- August 30: This Week at Glenwood
- July 23: This Week at Glenwood
- July 9: This Week at Glenwood
- July 3: This Week at Glenwood – Part Two
- July 2: This Week at Glenwood – Part One
- June 25: Launching Reservations at Glenwood
- June 23: Correction and Acknowledgement
- June 22: This Week at Glenwood – Part Two
- June 21: Notice to Pay 2020 Dues
- June 19: This Week at Glenwood – Part One
- May 4, 12 and 31: Fixed Cost Obligation Payment Notices & Follow-Up (links withheld to preserve membership database integrity)
- April 26: Fixed Cost Member Obligation Payment Explanation
- April 6: Board Update to Membership
- March 26: Board Update to Membership
Questions and Concerns?
Please speak to the manager on duty. He or she is best able to address your concerns on the spot. You may also contact the board here.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation. See you at the Big G!