Parklawn Pool is open to everyone to join. You DO NOT have to live in the Parklawn or Heywood Glen neighborhoods to be a member. Our members reside in Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Washington DC, and even parts of Maryland. We are a private pool and you must purchase a membership to join.
New Memberships (First Year): To expand our membership base and to attract and retain members, especially memberships for new families with small children, the Parklawn Recreation Association (PRA) favorably changed the “single” and “couple/two-person” membership definitions and instituted a policy that children under 4 do not factor into membership level/price. So, a “single” membership can be any adult (18 or over) or any adult with any children under 4. A single parent with two children under the age of 4 is considered a single membership until the first child reaches age 4, when the membership becomes a couple/two-person membership until the second child reaches 4, when the membership then turns into a family membership. A “couple/two-person” membership can be any two people 4 years or older (any person under 18 must also have an adult 18 or over on the membership form). So two adults, an adult and a child 4 or over and other children under 4, or two adults with all children under 4 are all considered a “couple/two-person” membership.
The PRA also offers a discounted membership rate for any new membership for the first year. This gives new memberships an opportunity to experience the pool before committing to the higher rate. That said, the rate increase after a year is marginal ($100 or less based on membership type) and can be reduced by performing service hours at the pool.
New membership rates are:
Senior Couple/Two-Person: $295
Senior Single: $200
The pool has always given senior memberships (all members 65 or over) a discounted rate.
Returning Memberships (Second Year On): In 2015 the pool designated a portion of the standard membership rate as a work fee (without raising rates). Returning non-senior (under 65) memberships at the pool more than one year (new members and all seniors are exempt) can now get back a portion of their membership rates by becoming more involved in the pool’s maintenance and activities. This way the pool builds community and spreads the maintenance workload. Or, a member can just choose to let the pool keep the fee.
Under this new work fee/requirement, for example, a returning family or couple membership (as defined earlier) reduces its overall membership rate by $50 after fulfilling 4 hours of pool-related work or non–swim team volunteer activity. A single membership reduces its overall membership rate by $25 by working 2 hours of service. For a New Membership transitioning to a Returning Membership, the initial cash outlay for the membership is the full returning rate. However, if the membership works the service hours, the rate in subsequent years is less per the work fee amount. Rather than send “refund” checks annually for those performing service hours, the pool carries over the “earned” fee from year to year. For example, a New Family Membership transitioning to a Returning Family Membership will see a rate increase from $475 to $575 respectively. However, the family membership can earn back $50 of that $100 increase by performing 4 service hours. If the family works the 4 hours in year 2 and each subsequent year, the $50 carries over each year so after the initial $575 payment the family will pay $525 annually. When/if the family leaves the pool, the pool refunds $50.
If Paid by May 1, Returning Membership (Second Year On) Rates Are:
Family: $575 or $525 + 4 service hours (must pay full amount first year at rate)
Couple/Two-Person: $400 or $350 + 2 or 4 service hours (depends on how many adults in membership; must pay full amount first year at rate)
Single: $275 or $250 + 2 service hours (must pay full amount first year at rate)
Senior Couple/Two-Person: $325 (no work fee)
Senior Single: $230 (no work fee)
If Paid after May 1, Returning Membership (Second Year On) Rates Are:
Family: $605 or $555 + 4 service hours (must pay full amount first year at rate)
Couple/Two-Person: $430 or $380 + 2 or 4 service hours (depends on how many adults in membership; must pay full amount first year at rate)
Single: $305 or $280 + 2 service hours (must pay full amount first year at rate)
Senior Couple/Two-Person: $355 (no work fee)
Senior Single: $260 (no work fee)
Membership Retention: Membership dues are the main source of income for the pool and therefore ensuring a full membership annually is critical. When the pool has a wait-list an initial non-refundable payment of $100 is due by March 1st. If no payment occurs by March 1, the PRA may offer the membership to potential new members. Memberships then invoke based by payment receipt date.
Wait-list Policy: Parklawn Pool ended the 2017 season with a wait-list and we anticipate a wait-list in 2018. All 2017 wait-list participants have a slot on the 2018 membership base. The pool will have a better understanding of our membership availability by mid-March since returning members must confirm they will return by March 1. Please fill out the application below if you’re interested in joining the pool and the Pool Membership Committee will let you know whether there is an available slot for you now or which position you are on the wait-list. Annual turnover is typically about 15% so there should be available slots in 2018 for many new applicants. Wait-list participants are given one week to submit their hard-copy application and payment to our P.O. Box before the PRA moves on to the next applicant on the wait-list.
Nanny/Babysitter Policy: The PRA understands that nannies/babysitters are often a necessity and we try to support you. To that end, nannies/babysitters are welcome at the pool, are not considered in the membership rate calculation, and you do not have to pay a guest-pass fee for them. You must list the name and DOB of any nanny or babysitter on the membership form and identify them as such. A nanny/babysitter may not bring friends to the pool unless the nanny uses your guest passes. Nanny/babysitters should be 18 or over unless they are already members under a different membership. If they are not already members, then you must sign a consent form that allows your child/children to accompany an under-adult-age nanny/babysitter at the pool. Members conducting child care for non-member child(ren) must consult the Board of Directors in order to make appropriate arrangements on fees.
To avoid any processing fee please pay your dues with a check, money order or cash. Mail your check or money order payable to “PRA” to the PRA, PO Box 11162, Alexandria, VA 22312-1162. If you would like to pay cash for your membership prior to the pool open date (May 27) to ensure you have a membership slot this year, please call (703) 395-2172 to arrange payment. Or, if memberships are still available once we open this year, you can pay cash at the front desk. You can pay dues online via the Square icon (below). However, the pool passes through fees charged by Square to your payment so expect a $15 “shipping” surcharge. If you cannot pay by check right away, please send an email to Membership.PRA@gmail.com and the membership team will hold your slot and make other arrangements with you for payment.