Oakview Pool

Organized by: Jean Mack

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THE STORY:

The Oakview Pool in Silver Spring MD, the oldest community pool in our county, was built in 1957 by the founding members of the neighborhood. After WWII a group of returning soldiers bought land and started construction of their homes. After establishing their community this same group invested their money to have a pool built for the growing families. We celebrated the pools 50th anniversary in 2007 with many founding members in attendance. Despite their age many drove several miles to attend this nostalgic event. Most if these original members are now deceased.
In the 1960s and 1970s the pool enjoyed a large membership with as many as 350 members. The families celebrated holidays and birthday parties at the pool with multiple events each week. The pool also formed a swim team which, had up to 100 children and teens enrolled.
The pool provided a safe, fun and healthful place for kids to hang out. The high membership rate paid the costs of running a seasonal pool.
Our pool has never had a management company; all work in maintenance, beautification, season opening/closing and daily operations are all run by volunteers, with the exception of a paid guard staff. Board members serve a minimum two year term voluntarily; no remuneration, discounted dues, etc. It's a lot of work but worth it as the pool is such an important part of our summers. Neighborhood kids who have never been in water can participate in swim lessons and the swim team and, by the end of the season, they are pool-safe and acquire good swimming habits for lifelong skill. I would estimate that 80 percent of kids in the neighborhood learned to swim at Oakview. At the end of each swim season the pool holds a camp out night for all swimmers as well as hosting swim meets, community days etc. Some of the swimmers join the team at age 5 and swim 13 years through age 18. Many go to elementary, middle and high school together building life-long friendships. The pool also provides employment opportunities (guarding/managing) for the teens.
In the last 20 years the neighborhood demographics have changed immensely and our membership has plummeted to 50-60 families in any given year. The pool is a non-profit entity and, with rising costs of permits, licensing, chemicals and taxes, we have been ending each season in the red for the last 15 years or so. In the late 1990s or 2000's we sold our parking lot to a new
county school which was built adjacent to our property. Those funds lasted about 12 years but have long been exhausted.
The membership brings in an average of 15-20 thousand in dues but the cost to run a summer season has continually climbed to an average of $30,000-$40,000 including water, electric, maintenance supplies, chemicals, permits, insurance, licensing payroll and taxes.
Over the last several years we have held fundraisers, assessed members etc. but it is simply not enough to sustain our pool. I have read articles about crowd funding and suggested giving it a try. We are very much hoping we don't have to sell the property. The pool is on a beautiful piece of land with oak trees and plenty of space for kids to play. We are an old established and very diverse neighborhood, but not a neighborhood of wealth, and any help you can offer is greatly appreciated. Our neighborhood pool is our biggest asset. A little bit from a lot if people can go a long way…….

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