While the pool season did not get off to a “bang up” start Memorial Day weekend due to the weather, the Memorial Day event on the lawn was very well attended with over 200 people in attendance. I’ve heard several compliments on that event, as well as the Campout on the lawn the weekend before. These are but a few of the many events planned for the summer; concerts and movies on the lawn, Kentlands famous 4th of July parade and carnival, National Night Out and of course, Summerfest to mention a few.
We have many citizens who have resided in the Kentlands for years but we also have many new residents. For the new residents, the best way to get up-to-date info on what’s going on in the community in real time is to receive the Kentlands Express, our electronic newsletter that goes out every other Friday or to visit this website. If you’ve received your amenity passes then we’ve probably asked for your e-mail address which would also sign you up for the Express. But if you’re not a pool person or for some other reason are not receiving the Express, e-mail the Kentlands Communications and Events Director, Dana Macena, and she’ll sign you up.
For new residents, just a quick recap of some of the pool rules and pool-use info, although this can also be found on the website under the Recreation tab, Swimming Pool.
- The pool is open from 9:30 AM to 9:00 PM daily, Memorial Day Saturday through Labor Day Monday.
- An amenities pass is required to use the pool and/or the gym.
- Children three and over need an amenity pass.
- Children ten and eleven may use the pool unattended after a parental consent form has been signed and the child has passed a swim test administered by the lifeguard staff.
- Children using flotation devices or who are unable to swim must be within arms reach of a parent.
- No food or beverages, other than water or Gatorade, are permitted on the lower pool deck. Food is allowed on the upper flagstone patio, Clubhouse balcony and upper deck at the pool.
- No glass is permitted on the pool decks (upper or lower).
- Lap lanes are for lap swimming only.
New residents will also not know but all of the furniture at the pool is new for this season, and I’ve had a couple of compliments on that as well. The chairs and loungers sit a little higher and the loungers have arms. Hopefully easier for all to get up and down and the new mesh seats should be much more comfortable than the old vinyl strapped chairs.
The snack bar is open on the weekends until school is out and then the hours are 11 AM to 5 PM until August when we shorten the hours to 12 PM to 5 PM. The Kentlands has the largest swim team in Montgomery County. When its season is over at the end of July attendance at the pool drops drastically, hence the shortened hours for the snack bar in August.
We have some new faces in the Clubhouse this summer as some of our students from last year were college bound after the season and have now moved on to other jobs for this summer. All of our part-time front desk and snack bar staff are Kentlands residents and many have worked at the Clubhouse for multiple years. If you’re a long time Kentlands resident, you probably know many of them. We do have several new people for the season and we appreciate your patience as they get up to speed on the process and procedures for using the pool, gym, etc.
We end the season on Labor Day Monday with the traditional dog swim on Monday evening. FYI – per the Montgomery County Health Department, residents may not swim with the dogs. The social pool closes at 4 PM that day for the dog swim and then for the season at 6 PM. The baby pool and lap pool stay open until 9 PM and then we are finished for the season. But, I’m getting ahead of myself. We have many weeks of fun-filled days at the pool and events ahead of us; here’s to a safe and pleasant summer to all! Go Kingfish!