Important: Waitlist account holders (login to add family members), you must ensure your email addresses (personal, not work) in your pool account are accurate and able to receive emails from firstname.lastname@example.org (add us to your contacts so messages do not land in a spam filter).
This is how we inform you of an offer from the club. You run the risk of us closing your account if you do not respond when an offer is made (you are welcome to reapply if that happens). It is your responsibility to make sure your emails and other contact information is current and up to date. If you move out of bounds, please let us know so we can remove you from the waitlist.
Waitlist Details: Application Boundary Area
Little Falls Swimming Club gladly accepts applications from houses in Montgomery County within the boundaries described in our bylaws. Our full bylaws can be found here.
Section 11. Effective January 1, 2004, applications shall not be accepted from anyone living more than 4,000 feet from the Club property. Effective January 1, 2006, no applications shall be accepted from persons unless they have primary residence in that part of Montgomery County enclosed by the combination of these two boundaries:
a. Commencing on the west side of River Road at Little Falls Parkway, proceed west along the south side of Little Falls Parkway until it intersects with Massachusetts Avenue, then proceed south along the east side of Massachusetts Avenue until it intersects with Western avenue, N.W., then proceed east along the north side of Western Avenue, N.W. until it intersects with Cortland Road, then proceed north along Cortland Road as if it continued to Willard Avenue (so as to include all of the houses on Sherrill, Saratoga, and Baltimore Avenues and on both sides of Cortland Road), then proceed along the south side of Willard Avenue to River Road, then proceed along the west side of River Road to Little Falls Parkway to the point of origin; and
b. The area that lies west (and south) of Massachusetts Avenue, east of the Little Falls Creek, and within 4,000 feet of the Club property.
Any applicant placed on the wait list after January 1, 2006 may only remain on the waitlist if their primary residence remains within this boundary.
Why is there a waitlist?
The pool operates under a special exception (called “conditional use”) of Montgomery County zoning, and the exception governs all our operations. The County Board of Zoning Appeals limits the membership to 377 families. Our waitlist now consists of more than 300 applications. View the Waitlist Rankings.
Your position on the waitlist
Section 3. Applications received after February 12, 2019 shall be assigned a waitlist position for membership based on the date and time that the application and non-refundable application fee are received.
Section 4. Applications received prior to February 12, 2019 will be offered membership in the order of their waitlist position as of February 12, 2019. Prior to February 12, 2019, the waitlist was determined by priority points assigned for distance from the pool, time on the waitlist, and home ownership.
How long will you be on the waitlist?
Your wait depends on your waitlist position and how many members resign or become inactive. Currently the wait for Equity Membership is averaging 6 to 9 years. This season invoices were sent to Equity Members on March 2 with a reply due by March 23. Each Equity Member must pay the summer dues, go inactive, or resign.
For every Equity Member resignation, we offer an Equity Membership to the top family on the waitlist. For every Equity Member that goes inactive for the season, we go to the wailist to offer Full Season Guest swim privileges.
We try to complete all these transactions before the pool opens each year in the March through April timeframe. Regardless of when Equity Members resign, we fill the slots immediately.
As long as demand for membership exceeds our zoning limit, no amount of tinkering with the rules will eliminate the waitlist to the satisfaction of all families that are waiting so we appreciate your patience during the process.
Previous priority points system misconceptions
- There were no extra points for having children.
- There were no extra points if your parents were members in the past.
- Pool membership did not and does not convey with the house you buy, ever.
- Since 2004, if you move out of the pool boundaries, you must forfeit your membership to the pool per the updated bylaws.
- You could not and cannot apply for separate tennis membership. In 1998 our tennis and pool memberships were merged. Now when you are a member of the pool, you are also a tennis member.