Important: Waitlist account holders, you must ensure your email addresses 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 and it could take some time before you hear from us. It is your responsibility to make sure your emails and other contact information are current and that you are receiving emails from us. Your account will be closed if you do not respond when an offer is made (you are welcome to reapply if that happens). We recommend that you use a personal email vs a work email as those tend to change lees often. If you move out of bounds, please let us know so we can remove you from the waitlist.
The Little Falls Swimming Club 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 club membership to 377 equity owners (aka neighborhood families). Our waitlist to become a member consists of more than 300 applications. We publish the waitlist ( refreshed twice a year) on our website here.
The Club gladly accepts applications from houses in Montgomery County within the boundaries described in our bylaws. Our full bylaws can be found here. Below 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.
More details: Any applicant placed on the wait list must remain within this boundary. Applications shall be assigned a waitlist for membership position based on the date and time that the application and non-refundable application fee are received. 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. After February 12, 2019, the waitlist at that time was locked-in and the point system was replaced by the simplified chronological listing described earlier.
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. For every Equity Member resignation, we offer an Equity Membership to the next family on the waitlist. That family is removed from the waitlist and they must accept or decline the membership offer. Each season, the Club also has a limited number of Full Season and End of Season guest passes to also offer waitlist families in lieu of a full equity membership. Those are offered in chronological order the same as equity memberships.
We try to complete all these transactions before the pool opens each year in the March through April timeframe. However, whenever an Equity Member resigns and a club membership becomes available, we fill the slot immediately by offering the next family on the waitlist that equity membership slot.
As long as demand for membership exceeds our zoning limit, we will have a waitlist, so we appreciate your patience during the process.
Common waitlist misconceptions
- 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. Club membership includes both the pool and tennis.
- A 2019 task force of members reviewed the point system and determined that the point system added a layer of complexity and management that did not justify maintaining the system. The board accepted the recommendation of the task force to simplify the waitlist process to be “first-in, first-out” as it stands today.