Twinbrook Swimming Pool festivities on Saturday, June 3

Twinbrook PoolThe Twinbrook Swimming Pool (TSP) opens for the summer season on Sunday, May 28 but the following Saturday, June 3 will have a day full of activities including a craft fair and yard sale from 8 am to 1 pm, and a community day from 12 noon to 6 pm for $6 per person.  I recently stopped by to find volunteers getting the place ready for opening (photos below). Along with 50-meter swimming lanes and diving pond, there’s a sand volleyball court, a deck for special events, picnic tables, dozens of lounge chairs, a “bar of snacks,” restrooms, and a playground for young kids.  For children who are serious about swimming, TSP hosts the Ducks, a competitive swim team for kids and teens that’s part of the Montgomery County Swim League.   To join, membership rates range from $345 (individual) to $605 (family) along with a special introductory rate of $128. For more details, visit TwinbrookPool.org.

You may have never noticed the pool because you can’t see it from the street—the pool is surrounded by a forest and hidden behind a row of houses. From Viers Mill Road, head to the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Denfield Road and look for the TSP sign and driveway to the parking lot.

The Twinbrook Swimming Pool is a membership organization begun in 1955 for this new suburban neighborhood on the southside of Rockville. In the years following World War II, Twinbrook became a magnet for young families seeking affordable homes in the DC region but few could afford or had space for a pool of their own. With a gift of land from the Catholic church (okay, they sold it for $10), volunteers dug the 300,000-gallon pool to create one of the largest privately-owned pools in the region.  While many community pools have closed due to lack of support, TSP continues to offer a safe and fun place for families in this part of Rockville.

 

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