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.

Here are the relevant sections from our bylaws describing the application boundaries and waitlist.

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 more than 300 applications. View the 2019 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. Each spring at the beginning of March, invoices are sent to Equity Members of the pool, with a reply due by April 1. 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. 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

  1. You get no extra points for having children.
  2. You get no extra points if your parents were members in the past.
  3. Pool membership does not convey with the house you buy, ever.
  4. People have been told by friends and neighbors that the waitlist should take 3, 4, or 5 years. That really depends on how many people give up their memberships or go inactive each year. We can’t predict that.
    In the past, some people have moved away and kept their memberships. Until February 2004, our bylaws did not prohibit this. However, by vote of the membership in February 2004, “any applicant who becomes a member on or after January 1, 2004, shall forfeit that membership if he or she later moves to a location more than 4,000 feet from the Club property.”
  5. You 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.