Update for May 28th

Beginning Friday, May 28 reservations for opening swimming will no longer be required. There will be no timed slots and members may use Palisades at any time during operating hours. Guests are still not permitted, including tennis, but we hope to lift that final restriction soon.

Current operating hours:

  • Weekdays: 2pm – 8pm during preseason (May 21 – June 18)
  • Memorial Day Weekend (including Memorial Day): 10:15am – 8pm

*The Middle Pool will be closed 5-6 pm Friday, May 28 for the Swim Team Readiness Clinic.
**Palisades will open at 10:15am all three days of Memorial Day weekend due to swim team practice.

Lap Lanes
Two swimmers per lane. A swimmer must share his/her lane if another swimmer wants to join that lane. The two swimmers must then divide the lane (no circle swimming).

Update

Dear Palisades Members,

After reviewing this weekend’s reservations, we are pleased to announce that members may make one reservation for Saturday and one reservation for Sunday.

We also want to clarify why reservations are still required. Per Montgomery County directives, outdoor pools must abide by a specific set of rules as they are not considered “outdoor gatherings or activities.” Currently, the requirement is that pools must operate at 75% of total capacity. On May 28th, pools can resume operations at total capacity. Barring any major developments or changes to Montgomery County’s re-opening plan, Palisades will not require reservations for open swimming as of May 28th.

Happy Opening Day!
-Palisades Volunteer Board of Directors

Membership Update – Opening Information

Dear Palisades Members,

We have a lot of information to share with you. Please thoroughly read this entire message.

Palisades remains obligated to follow directives issued by Montgomery County. As directives change, Palisades will adjust operations accordingly. 

As always, please be kind and respectful to Palisades staff and other members. 

Operating Hours

  • Palisades will open for the season on Friday, May 21 at 2pm. 
  • Weekdays 2pm – 8pm during preseason (May 21 – June 18) and postseason (August 29-October 10)
  • Weekends 10am – 8pm including Memorial Day and Labor Day
  • Weekdays 10am – 8pm during our regular season (June 21- August 29)
  • Operating hours will vary due to swim and dive team meets and practices. The Main Pool will be closed each weekday from June 1 to July 16 from 4-6 pm for Swim and Dive practices. Please check the Palisades website (www.palisadespool.com) for any changes in operating hours.

Reservations

  • At this time, reservations are still required due to capacity restrictions. The reservation system will open Wednesday evening.
  • In order for all members to enjoy the pool this weekend (May 22-May 23), members may only make a reservation for one (1 hour and 45 minute ) slot on Saturday or Sunday, but not both. We will review the number of reservations Friday morning and open the system to one reservation per member each day if capacity allows.
  • Each member may reserve one (1 hour and 45 minute) slot per day on Monday through Friday.
  • Only members with reservations are allowed on the pool premises. 
  • Members will be required to check in at the front desk before entering Palisades. 
  • For reservation instructions, please click here.

Vaccines, Masks, & Social Distancing

  • Although the Board of Directors encourages all eligible individuals to get fully vaccinated, members will not be required to do so in order to visit Palisades.
  • Staff and members must stay home if they are sick.
  • Per CDC face covering guidance for outdoor pools, unvaccinated individuals 2 years old and older must wear a mask except when eating or drinking
  • Members are encouraged to stay at least 6 feet away from people they don’t live with.

Guests

  • At this time, guests are not permitted.

Lap Swimming

  • Lap swimming will be available during normal operating hours on a first come, first served basis. 
  • No more than two swimmers per lane are permitted. 
  • If another member is waiting to swim laps, please limit yourself to 30 minutes.

Porpoise Cafe

  • The Cafe will be open for business at 2pm on Friday 5/21. Cafe hours for Saturday 5/22-Sunday 5/23 will be 11:30am-7pm. 

Other Amenities

  • The playground, sports court, volleyball court, ping pong tables, foosball table, water basketball, and tetherball are all available for use.
  • The grills will be available for use beginning Saturday, May 22.
  • The wading pool and slide will open May 29th.
  • At this time, parties are not permitted.

Membership Cards

Members may pick up their membership cards from the front desk when they arrive at the pool for the first time this season.

Palisades 2021 Season: Welcome!

Dear Palisades Members,

As we eagerly anticipate Palisades Opening Day Friday, May 21st, we want to take this opportunity to warmly welcome all of our new and returning members as well as share important information regarding our upcoming summer season.

Communications

Similar to last year, we expect changes to some of our policies and procedures throughout the 2021 season based on pool usage and directives from the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (MCDHHS). We will continue to post information on the Palisades website as well as send updates to our members via email.  To stay up-to-date, please sign up for our “Newsletter” email here.

Member Conduct and Expectations

Last summer, the Board of Directors spent an inordinate amount of time addressing incidents of member misconduct and abusive behavior directed at our staff and fellow Palisades members. In response to these troubling events, the Board updated sections of our bylaws pertaining to member suspension and expulsion. The revised bylaws outline conditions in which a member may be suspended or expelled and were approved by the Membership at our annual meeting in January. The bylaws can be found on our website.

The Board of Directors takes our responsibility to provide a safe and pleasant environment for all of our members seriously. Therefore, we will not tolerate misconduct that violates conditions addressed in our bylaws, particularly abusive behavior by a member directed at pool staff, other members, and/or guests.

2021 Pool Dates and Hours

Palisades will operate from Friday, May 21 through Sunday, October 10. Our regular season (June 17 through August 29) operating hours will be 10am-8pm. The pool will open later in the day than usual on a few Saturday mornings to accommodate Swim Team meets. We will communicate specifics once the meet schedule has been set by the Montgomery County Swim League.

Preseason (May 21 through June 16th) and postseason (August 30 through October 10) hours are based on staffing availability and are still pending. We will provide this information as opening day approaches.

2021 Operations, Reservations, and Guest Policies

We are currently awaiting directives from the MCDHHS that will directly impact our pool capacity and operations. As we learned last summer, these directives are often announced at the last minute and can change frequently, which makes planning extremely difficult. Similar to last summer, the Board of Directors will continuously monitor changes to directives and adapt our operations accordingly. We will also monitor pool usage on a daily basis and make necessary changes to best accommodate the needs of all of our members, including increasing capacity as county regulations allow. 

Although the Board of Directors encourages all eligible individuals to get fully vaccinated, members will not be required to do so in order to visit Palisades. However, we will enforce social distancing practices and masks per MCDHHS directives. Additionally, Palisades will continue using a full-time professional cleaning service to ensure the safety of our members.  

In addition to county directives, we are also awaiting an upgraded pool reservation system from Member Splash, our website platform. At this time, we anticipate opening the season under a reservation policy similar to the end of last season due to capacity restrictions. We will also continue our no guest policy which we hope to ease as the season progresses. We will communicate information regarding directives, capacity limits, and our reservation process as soon as it is made available to us.

Palisades Swim and Dive Teams

The Swim and Dive Teams are much-loved institutions at Palisades and the heart and soul of our pool. Many of our Porpoises are second and even third generation members. We are thrilled that it appears we will be able to offer a full and nearly normal Swim and Dive Team season. Due to Palisades’ size compared to other area pools, we will most likely host all five swim meets this summer. The timing of these meets on Saturday mornings, as well as practices weekday afternoons, will impact our pool hours and allotted capacity. Dive meets will be held on Sundays (either mornings or 4 pm) and will alternate between Palisades and other pools. We appreciate your patience and support of our teams as we welcome back our veteran Porpoises and usher in the next generation. For more information regarding our Swim and Dive Teams, please visit our website and click on the “Teams” tab.  Registration for the Swim Team and the Dive Team opens later this month. 

Tennis

The current tennis reservation system will be retired once Member Splash rolls out the new reservation system, hopefully in May. The new system will be similar to the one used last year to make swimming reservations. For more information on our tennis programs, please visit our website and click on the “Tennis” tab. To join our tennis email distribution list, click here

Early Bird Swim (EBS)

Because of our delayed opening last season, as well as the availability of dedicated lifeguards, Palisades offered EBS seven days a week last year at no additional charge to our members, in a departure from how EBS has been administered in past seasons. 

This year, Palisades must return to a more traditional EBS program. Prior to 2020, EBS was offered three mornings a week from 6:30-8:00 during our regular season (June 17-early August) for a flat fee. This summer, EBS will be available weekday mornings by reservation, with two sessions each morning (6:15 – 7am and 7:15 – 8am). We cannot initially offer a third session from 8:15-9am due to swim team practice. At this time, MCDHHS is permitting two swimmers per lane. Exact EBS start and end dates will be determined based on staffing availability and communicated to membership. 

Palisades will charge for EBS this summer but the rates and mechanisms are yet to be determined. Due to high demand, a flat fee system may not be fair to our members who are unable to make a reservation as often as they would like. We are looking into a “pay per swim” option and invite all members interested in our EBS program to fill out this survey. Based on information from the survey, as well as the latest lap swimming directives from MCDHHS, we hope to devise a sustainable and fair EBS model for our interested members.

Deep Water Aerobics

Deep Water Aerobics will be offered again this season. Although not finalized, we anticipate that two back to back morning classes would start June 21 and run Monday-Wednesday-Friday. In addition, we plan to offer Saturday morning classes which may be intermittent until mid July, depending on the swim meet schedule. The Aquatics Programs tab on the pool website will be updated regularly.

Porpoise Cafe

The Palisades Board of Directors is delighted to announce that The Market on the Boulevard will operate The Porpoise Café again this year.  The Café will open for the season on Saturday, May 22 at 11:00 am. The Porpoise Café operates under Covid-19 restrictions.  There will be hand sanitizer available at the café counter, and all social distancing rules remain in place with respect to waiting in line. Members have the option to text orders to Kelly Lee at (703) 975-0219.  Kelly will send you a text once your order is ready, and you can pick it up on the table in front of the café.  Please visit our website and click on the “Porpoise Café” tab to check out the menu and the account/payment policy. 

Conclusion

Managing Palisades during a global pandemic has presented numerous challenges. Nevertheless, we are looking forward to a great 2021 season, and we continue to appreciate the patience, encouragement, and support from our membership. Thank you. 

Sincerely,

Your Palisades Volunteer Board of Directors