Forest Park Swim Club

Member Resource Guide

2024

Welcome!

Welcome to the Forest Park Swim Club, a cherished community gem celebrating 64 years of family-oriented fun and an unwavering commitment to safety! As a members-only club, we are proud to offer an environment where families can come together to create lasting memories, all while enjoying the refreshing embrace of our swimming facilities.

To maintain our club’s standards and keep membership costs affordable, we rely on the collective effort of our members through a volunteer program. Each family is required to contribute a minimum of 12 volunteer hours per season. This collaborative approach not only helps in keeping our expenses low but also strengthens our community bond, as we all work together to ensure our club remains a welcoming and well-maintained space for everyone.

We are also proud to host the Forest Park Flyers, our spirited swim team that embodies our club’s values of teamwork, excellence, and sportsmanship. Whether you’re cheering from the sidelines or participating in the races, the Flyers bring excitement and unity to our summer season.

As we look forward to the season ahead, we’re filled with anticipation for the memories we’ll create, the friendships we’ll form, and the fun we’ll have. Here’s to a fantastic season at Forest Park Swim Club, where the sun always shines a little brighter, the water always feels a bit cooler, and laughter fills the air. Welcome, and let the fun begin!

Mission Statement, Core Values, and Member Code of Conduct

Mission Statement | To offer the most professional and beneficial swimming community in Concord, emphasizing fun, with a healthy and safe atmosphere.

Core Values | Forest Park Swim Club is committed to providing a safe and healthy pool community for people of the neighborhood and beyond to share and enjoy aquatic experiences together. The Forest Park Swim Club’s core values are to be as transparent and accountable as possible, while building a community with inclusiveness, dignity, and respect for all members.  Forest Park Swim Club tries to instill a valuable and quality membership at a reasonable cost.

Code of Conduct | Forest Park Swim Club members are expected to comply with the following code of conduct guidelines while taking part in any club activities.  Above all, it is expected that all members, coaches, volunteers, and guests, alike will:

  • Behave without discrimination on the grounds of age, gender, race, religion, sexual identity, or disability
  • Members are responsible for the actions and behavior of their guests
  • Respect the rights and dignity of each member of the club and all other swimmers
  • Treat everyone with respect 
  • Comply with the codes, rules, and laws within the guidelines set out by Forest Park Swim Club
  • Follow lifeguards’ instructions and discretion at all times

Forest Park Swim Club reserves the right to have an individual removed from the facility, and/or to suspend or revoke membership privileges to anyone who displays the above-mentioned inappropriate and harmful behavior toward fellow members, guests, or any event participants.

Pool & Membership Rules

Forest Park Swim Club has established the following pool rules to ensure the safety and enjoyment of our members and their guests while using the pool facilities. Compliance with these rules is mandatory for all members and their guests.  Breach of these rules may lead to suspension or revocation of membership privileges. The Board of Directors holds the ultimate responsibility for interpreting the rules and has the authority to modify or update them as needed.

Hours of Operation

  1. The club season runs April through October, unless stated otherwise by the Board of Directors.
  2. Daily operational hours will be posted at the club’s entrance and on the website. Changes to the schedule will be announced in advance, as early as possible.
  3. The club reserves the right to close for severe weather, health concerns, maintenance, or other reasons as determined by the board of directors.
  4. A minimum 15-minute adult swimming period shall be declared by the Lifeguard each hour.  With the exception of infants with parents, Swimmers under the age of 16 must exit the pool promptly so the Lifeguard can begin their break.

 

Member / Guest Entrance

  1. Members of the Forest Park Swim Club must be in good standing to use the facility.  
  2. Members must check in at the front desk upon arrival. Guests and children under 16 must be checked in by an adult member.
  3. Members must purchase a guest pass for all guests, and accompany their guests at all times, ensuring their conduct is appropriate.
  4. Members can check in no more than 10 guests at any given time without a party reservation.  Reservations for parties or large groups (10+) must be reserved at least one week in advance to ensure the appropriate amount of lifeguards.  A deposit of $50 is required to hold the reservation and the event cost must be paid in full one week prior.

 

Health and Safety

  1. Smoking, tobacco products, firearms, weapons, and pets are strictly prohibited on the premises.
  2. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult and will need to pass a swim test to swim in the deep end unaccompanied.
  3. Proper swimwear is required. Wearing regular clothes or street shoes in the pool is strictly prohibited. Infants must wear approved swim diapers.
  4. Approved flotation devices are not a substitute for supervision for non-swimmers.
  5. Individuals with infections or contagious illnesses are not permitted in the pool.
  6. Parents must closely supervise their children at all times, including in the wading pool.
  7. Rough play, running, pushing, and other hazardous behaviors are prohibited.
  8. Diving board rules must be followed strictly. Only one swimmer may be on the diving board at all times.  Backward diving and hanging from the diving board are prohibited.  
  9. Diving is not allowed in shallow water.
  10. The use of inflatables may be restricted if deemed a safety hazard or nuisance.

 

Food and Drinks

  1. Glass containers are strictly banned from club premises.
  2. Food and drinks must not be consumed at the pool’s edge or in the water.
  3. Members are responsible for cleaning up after consuming food or drinks. Eating on the pool deck is not allowed; designated dining areas should be used.

 

Baby Pool Rules

  1. Lifeguards are NOT present at the baby pool, or responsible for children within it. Parents and guardians are solely responsible for the safety of their children while using the baby pool.
  2. Only children under 5 may use the baby pool. The Lifeguard is authorized to ask children over 5, or children not accompanied by an adult to leave the baby pool.
  3. Children must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian while in the baby pool area. This rule will be strongly enforced! 

 

Conduct and Enforcement

  1. Forest Park Swim Club does not assume liability for any accidents, injuries, or damages occurring on club premises, nor for personal property brought to or left on the premises.
  2. It is the responsibility of each member to familiarize themselves with the club’s discipline policy and the procedures for its enforcement.
  3. Members and guests are expected to behave courteously at all times. Abusive language and behavior along with other forms of misconduct including offensive attire, are not tolerated.
  4. While on duty, Lifeguards act as designated representatives of the Board and are responsible for the enforcement of these rules. Members and guests must abide by the rules and decisions of the Lifeguards. Further decisions and discussions may take place with the Board of Directors if Members have questions or opinions to express.
  5. Cases of serious or repeated misconduct may lead to a temporary suspension of Club privileges. This suspension will be determined after a hearing before the Board. In extreme cases, a member may face the termination of their club membership, in line with the current club bylaws.
  6. For misconduct or rule violations that warrant a suspension exceeding two weeks, or for revocation of membership, the case will be presented before a Board hearing. The decision to suspend or revoke membership requires a two-thirds majority vote from the Board members present at the hearing.
  7. Members must agree to abide by the pool rules and member code of conduct.

 

We wish all members and guests a fantastic season at Forest Park Swim Club. Let’s make this a safe, enjoyable, and memorable summer for everyone!

General Information

The Season | Forest Park Swim Club opens the first week of April and closes at the end of October (weather permitting).  The summer season runs from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend.

SPRING & FALL HOURS

Pool Hours: Mon-Fri Closed, Sat-Sun 1 PM – 6 PM

Lifeguard Hours:

Weekdays: none

Weekends: 1 PM – 6 PM

Pool Closures: No planned closures

SUMMER HOURS

Pool Hours: Mon-Fri 1 PM – 7 PM, Sat-Sun 1 PM – 8 PM

Lifeguard Hours:

Weekdays: 1 PM – 7 PM

Weekends: 1 PM – 7 PM

Pool Closures: Select Wednesday evenings

Calendar & Events

Information about Pool Hours, Pool Events, Lesson & Classes, Swim Clinics, Flyers Team Events, and Party Reservations can be found on the FPSC Calendar: https://forestparkpool.net/calendar/

Unforeseen closures will be communicated by the board of directors. 

Volunteer Hours

All families are obligated to fulfill a volunteer requirement of 12 hours, with the exception of senior members who are asked to contribute 4 hours, and half of a season members who are expected to complete 8 hours. A popular method for meeting this requirement is through gatekeeping duties. Additional opportunities include event support or utilizing specialized skills (like electrical, plumbing, gardening, etc.) you or someone in your household may possess to assist with the upkeep of our facilities.  Volunteer shifts are available on ForestParkPool.net

Gatekeeping

A Gatekeeper is an adult at the front desk during pool hours. Some of the duties of a gatekeeper include watching the front gate, answering the phone, and keeping the bathrooms stocked and cleaned. Primary duties of the GateKeeper include:

  • Watch the front gate during pool hours of operation
  • Allow only current members in the pool & ensure they sign in
  • Monitor Venmo payments for snacks and drinks
  • Answer the phone and keep bathrooms clean/stocked
  • Keep garbage and recycling cans maintained

Maintenance

Several cleanup and maintenance events will be organized over the course of the year. Furthermore, if you notice any maintenance requirements and believe you can assist, please reach out to the board for approval to conduct maintenance as a way to fulfill your work hours.

Social Events

Throughout the summer, there will be social events such as movie nights, BBQs, etc… in which there will be volunteer opportunities. These events can be a much more fun and rewarding way of completing member volunteer hours.

Board of Directors

Instead of fulfilling traditional work hours, consider joining our Board of Directors. We have several open positions that need enthusiastic and dedicated individuals. If you’re interested in making a difference and want to learn more about these roles, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at president@forestparkpool.net. 

 

Committing to a shift means you are responsible for completing that shift or arranging for someone else to take your place. Please refrain from simply removing your name from a shift and expecting another member to cover it. The inability to fulfill your shift without securing a replacement will result in a $100.00 fine against your membership.

Failure to perform a minimum of 12 volunteer hours during the season will subject you to a $25 fine per hour/$100 per 4 hour shift. 

Guest Pass Policy

Members are welcome to bring guests at any time.  Our guest fee is $5 per person per day whether they are swimming or not. Members can purchase a guest pass of 5 for $25 from the gatekeeper. All guests must be accompanied by a member in good standing. Unless a party reservation has been made, no more than 10 guests are allowed per membership at a time in the facility.

Referrals

Referrals: Refer your friends to join Forest Park,

  • New members get a discount, and you earn credit on your account.  
  • New members receive a $50.00 discount when they join the pool for the first time. When you refer a new member to join, you will get a $50 credit for the 1st family, $75 credit for the 2nd family, and $100 credit for the 3rd family.  All you have to do is have them put your name on their form when joining!

Party Reservations

We welcome both our valued members and the wider community to host their parties and gatherings at our lovely pool facility. For members, pricing is $5 per non-member attending the party. For reserved parties, we set aside our BBQ area near the back of the pool. This area offers privacy and is ideal for hosting a barbecue or a more intimate gathering with your loved ones.

Step 1: Request a Date

  • Start by completing the reservation form on ForestParkPool.net. This initial step helps us ensure your desired date is available and reserve it for your special event.

Step 2: Deposit Requirement

  • Secure your date with a deposit, payable either by check to ‘FPSA’ in the Tollast folder

Step 3: Final Details and Payment

  • One Week Before the Party: Final headcount and full payment are due. An email will be sent containing necessary documents, including a non-member sign-in sheet, liability waivers, and an invoice. These documents must be returned along with your payment, ensuring everything is settled one week prior to your event.

 

Party Guidelines and Additional Information

  • Safety First: For parties with more than 10 children or 20 total attendees, additional lifeguards will be hired at $18 per hour to ensure everyone’s safety and enjoyment.
  • Cleanup: We ask all party hosts to clean up after their event, utilizing the provided garbage cans, liners, and cleaning supplies.

Swim Lessons

At Forest Park Swim Club, we understand the importance of swimming as a lifelong skill—one that brings joy, safety, and health benefits from childhood into the later years of life. We are committed to making swimming accessible and enjoyable for everyone, which is why we proudly offer a range of swimming classes to both members and the public. Our goal is to ensure each swimmer becomes as comfortable and confident in the water as possible.

Our experienced instructors are dedicated to working closely with you and your swimmers to achieve the specific goals you have in mind. Whether it’s an introduction to the water for beginners or refining techniques for more experienced swimmers, we tailor our approach to meet individual needs.

 

Group Lessons: Ages 4 – 14 

Our group lessons cater to children between the ages of 4 and 14, ensuring a personalized and effective learning environment with small class sizes—only 4 children per instructor. Please note, we do not accommodate children under 4 in our group lessons.

Cost: $78

Duration: 2 week sessions, 8 classes per session

Classes Offered

Beginner – Children aged 4 to 7 with little to no swimming experience. 

Advanced – Children over 7 or those younger but with some swimming experience, focusing on enhancing their skills and confidence in the water.

 

Private Lessons: All Ages

For those seeking a more personalized experience, Forest Park offers private lessons. These sessions are flexible, affordable, and provide a one-on-one instruction environment, ideal for addressing specific areas of improvement or for swimmers who thrive with individual attention.

To learn more about our swimming classes and to check availability, please visit our sign-up pages at https://forestparkpool.net/lessons/. At Forest Park Swim Club, we are excited to be a part of your swimming journey, supporting you every stroke of the way.

Forest Park Flyers Swim Team

Since 1976, the Forest Park Swim Team (FPST) has been an extension of the Forest Park Swimming Association.  The FPST Flyers is a recreational swim team for youth aged 3-18.  Children do not need to know how to swim to join.  Mini Flyer programs are available to teach them the basics and then move up to swimming in meets.  While the primary goal is for all swimmers to have fun, the coaches and swim team board works to foster participation, develop good sportsmanship, team spirit, a good self-image, and above all, to help all swimmers improve both their skills and their times throughout the season in a friendly recreational swimming environment. FPST will also promote a sense of community that will endure beyond the swim season.

 

Swim Season & Practices

The swim season runs April through July, ending the first week of August with the County Swim meet.   Practice times vary by age and skill level.  The summer schedule will begin on Monday, June 10th and practices will be held in both the morning and the afternoon.  Morning practice is considered the primary practice and stresses endurance.  Afternoon practice stresses stroke work.  Swimmers are expected to attend at least one practice each day. 

 

Fun

Being a member of the team, you will be sure to have some fun too.  Here are some of the planned activities:  Swimmer pancake breakfast, beach trip, Waterworld, team movie, pasta feed potlucks before two day meets, pizza and awards after two day meets, as well as Buddy Night.  There are also age group activities that are planned by a parent coordinator.  Check the calendar in this packet for dates and the pool bulletin board for further details.

 

Mini-Flyer Program

Mini-Flyers is designed for the sole purpose of preparing young children and new swimmers to advance to the swim team. Mini-Flyer coaches work with up to 3 children at a time, learning the basics of swimming.  If you believe your child is ready for the Mini-Flyer program, contact coach Jeff to schedule a tryout. 

For more info see www.forestparkflyers.com or email president@forestparkflyers.com.

Classes

AquaFit Classes

  • Aqua Fit (water aerobics, aerobics, aquaerobics, aquatic fitness, aqua fitness, aquafit) is the performance in water such as in a swimming pool.  Water aerobics is a form of aerobic exercise that requires water-immersed participants. Most water aerobics is in a group fitness class setting with trained professional teaching for about an hour. The classes focus on aerobic endurance, resistance training, and creating an enjoyable atmosphere with music. Different forms of water aerobics include aqua Zumba, water yoga, aqua aerobics, and aqua jog.
  • Classes are held on Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri and Sat at 9:30 and cost $8.00. To sign up, go to the Facebook page.

Member Feedback

We’d love to hear from you! Whether you’ve hosted a party, participated in our events, or enjoyed casual swims at our facility, we invite you to share your thoughts on what we’re doing well and where we can improve. Your insights are crucial in helping us make informed decisions about our services, facilities, and community engagements.

How to Provide Your Feedback

Please visit our anonymous feedback form at forestparkpool.net/feedback or scan the QR code and take a few moments to let us know how we’re doing. Whether it’s a suggestion for an event, ideas for facility improvements, or your overall experience, we’re all ears. No detail is too small, and every piece of feedback is appreciated.

 

What Happens Next?

Your feedback will be reviewed by our team and the board of directors, and where possible, we’ll implement changes to improve our services and facilities. If you choose to share your contact information, we may reach out to you for further discussion if your feedback sparks new initiatives or if we require clarification.

FAQs

What is a Senior Membership?

A Senior Membership can be one or two adults (60 and over) residing at the same address. Children are not included in this membership but guest passes are available for visitors if needed.

2023 dues are $325 with 4 volunteer hours.

How can I become a member?

Complete our online registration here and submit payment.

*Pool memberships are subject to review by the Board of Directors.

What are volunteer hours?

Every family is responsible for 12 volunteer hours except senior members who are required to do 4 hours (half-season registration is 8 hours). The most common way families complete these hours are through gatekeeping. Other ways to contribute include assisting at events and if you or someone in your household has special skills in helping with the maintenance of the facility such as electricians, plumbers, gardeners, etc… 

When is the pool open?

The pool opens in April through September. The hours of operation vary depending on the day and the weather. Please see the calendar on the website for hours.

What is a Family Membership?

A Family Membership is a pool membership that covers up to 8 people living in your home. Extended family members (grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc…) cannot be included in your membership. An exception of a caregiver who looks after your child(ren) and will be bringing them to the pool may be included in your membership. 

2023 dues are $650 with 12 volunteer hours.

We have a Senior Membership option with details below.

Can I bring in a guest?

Yes, a guest fee is $5 per person per day whether they are swimming or not. Members can purchase a guest pass of 5 for $25 from the gatekeeper. All guests must be accompanied by a member in good standing. No more than 10 guests are allowed per membership at a time in the facility.

What is Gatekeeping?

A Gatekeeper is an adult at the front desk during pool hours. Some of the duties of a gatekeeper include watching the front gate, answering the phone, and keeping the bathrooms stocked and cleaned. A signup link is sent out monthly for members to sign up for a shift.

Can I have parties?

Yes, please refer to our party & event section.

Still have questions?  Contact us!

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