MERRIMACK HAS 3 CATEGORIES OF SWIM PRIVILEGES
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the continuing pandemic this information has not been fully updated for the 2021 season.
1. EQUITY MEMBER (“Shareholder”)
The pool is owned by Merrimack Park Recreation Association (MPRA), a 300-family, shareholder owned cooperative club. For those who wish to purchase membership, we maintain a wait list. Anyone may apply to become an Equity Member with priority given to residents who live in or near the immediate neighborhood around the pool. Note: This is the area bounded by Goldsboro Road (S), MacArthur Boulevard (W), Wilson Road (N), and River Road (E). Equity Members enjoy guaranteed membership from year to year with the option to be ‘inactive’ for a season, lower season dues with fees capped at four family members, children may join the Merrimack Swim & Dive Teams, first-option for Mini Maniacs enrollment, have renters, convey the membership with the sale of their home, and voting rights on major decisions affecting the pool.
To become an Equity Member, please join our Equity Member Wait List. There is a $50 non-refundable fee to join the wait list. Equity Members pay $1,900 to purchase the membership in addition to annual season dues. Dues for 2021 are being determined. Children under the age of 2 are free. New Equity Members pay a one-time membership fee of $1,900.
Equity Members not using the pool during the summer, may elect “inactive” status and pay the $200 inactive fee. Please note that the inactive status may only be used three times during the lifetime of the membership without Board approval.
Equity Members enjoy swim privileges at Merrimack throughout the entire swim season from mid-May until the close of the season in mid-September, and children may join the Merrimack Swim & Dive Teams.
To join the Equity Membership Wait List, click here.
MPRA HAS TWO CATEGORIES OF NON-MEMBER SWIM PRIVILEGES: Full Summer Affiliate and Late Summer Affiliate. These are non-shareholder swim privileges offered on an annual basis and each category has limits to avoid overcrowding at the pool.
2. FULL SUMMER AFFILIATE
Full Summer Affiliates enjoy swim privileges at Merrimack throughout the entire swim season from mid-May until the close of the season in mid-September, and children may join the Merrimack Swim & Dive Teams.
A non-refundable $50 fee is due upon joining the wait list. If swim privileges are offered, but not accepted, the wait list position is forfeited. The fees for Full Summer Affiliates in 2021 are being determined. Children under the age of 2 are free.
Offers are sent via email by April to Full Summer Affiliates of the previous year in good standing. If Full Summer Affiliates do not register by the deadline, then offers are sent to those on the Full Summer Affiliate waitlist. There are 275 Full Summer Affiliates.
Applicants who join the Equity Member waitlist AND who live within the boundaries outlined in our by-laws (the area bounded by Wilson Lane, River Road, Goldsboro Road, and MacArthur Boulevard) may be given Full Summer Affiliate priority in any year. Apply to the Full Summer Affiliate Waitlist.
3. LATE SUMMER AFFILIATE
Late Summer Affiliates enjoy use of the pool from August 1 until the close of the season. There are 80 Late Summer Affiliate slots.
Offers are sent via email in July to Late Summer Affiliates of the previous year in good standing. If Late Summer Affiliates do not register by the deadline, then offers are sent to the next on the wait list.
A non-refundable $50 fee is due upon joining the wait list. If swim privileges are offered, but not accepted, the waitlist position is forfeited. The fee for Late Summer Affiliates will be determined if offers can be extended to these accounts. Apply for Late Summer Affiliate swim privileges.
Season Dues are neither pro-rated nor refundable.
QUESTIONS? Contact MerrimackPool@gmail.com.
[Pre-COVID information about the pool.]
A member-owned and -operated community pool in the Bannockburn neighborhood of Bethesda, Maryland, Merrimack has been offering members fun in the sun and cool in the pool for over 50 years. We are located at the end of a quiet street surrounded by trees on a spacious property that includes a grassy play area with picnic tables and ample parking. The heated outdoor pool is open each season from mid-May until mid-September.
We have a 7-lane competition pool and a large diving well with dual 1-meter boards. We also offer a wonderful kiddie pool area with a graduated beach entry, bubblers, and a “lemon drop” fountain sprayer. A transition pool that is 12′ x 30′ and 3-foot deep is perfect for kids just learning to swim.
In 2018, the property was fully renovated to include a new entry check-in gatehouse, updated and remodeled women’s and men’s bathhouse locker rooms, and the addition of Mack’s Cafe offering patio deck table seating. Mack’s Cafe has a wide variety of lunch, dinner, and snack food options. Ping pong and foosball tables are also available on the patio deck.
Merrimack is part of the Montgomery County Swim League (MCSL) and the Montgomery County Diving League (MCDL) and its teams, the Maniacs, offer summer team practice programs from May to July. Swimmers participate in competitive swim and dive meets against other county pools in June and July. Swimming and diving lessons are available to members from our approved pool member lifeguards and swim and dive team coaches. Early bird swim is available during weekday mornings from June into August. Merrimack provides a friendly social environment where members can enjoy summer camaraderie and fun, especially during social events and holiday parties.
There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer at this community pool to meet neighbors and to support the pool activities.