On Deck at MERRIMACK - June 24, 2019

Happy Summer! Hope you are enjoying cooling off at the pool. We’re back this week with some Merrimack updates.

Feel like cooling down after a long day at the office?  Good news. Evening lap swimmers and all who would like more time to swim into the evening will now be able to unwind. We listened to you and we have extended our closing hours to 9:00pm on weekdays, check out the schedule(Friday night closing remains at 9:30pm, and Saturday and Sunday closing is at 8:00pm).

We ask all pool users to please note that closing time is the time that the facility actually closes and when users are expected to vacate the pool deck. Accordingly, pool users are asked to exit the pool 10 minutes prior to the closing hour and/or conclude their use of the bathhouse before closing time to enable the staff to perform clean up and closing activities at closing hour. The lifeguards will give a 10-minute warning before the pool closing hour to enable users to be ready to leave the pool by closing time.

Two lap lanes will be available from 7.30-9pm and there should be more after swim team practice is over.

You can be fit, tanned, and stylish. MERRIMACK MERCHANDISE is now available for purchase every Tuesday from 4:00pm-6:00pm, until July 16, and during every A Home Meet on Saturdays (8:00am-Noon). Credit Cards welcome!

For Mini Maniacs, and younger siblings: 
Do you love those super soft grey t-shirts with the Merrimack logo? Now we have them in mini sizes, ranging from Age 3 to Age 10! (We also received lots more of the same soft grey shirts in adult sizes).

Also, CAR FLAGS are on sale, 2 for $15. And now is the time to get your brand new MERRIMACK TOWELS in SUPER SOFT cotton (PLEASE NOTE: first wash must be in COLD water!)

Next Spirit Wear sale is on June 25 from 4:00pm-6:00pm!

We are delighted to announce that at last week’s Annual Meeting for equity members, Kenhowe Drive resident Bob Dohner was voted in as our new Board Member. Bob is a PhD economist who retired from the U.S. Department of Treasury a year ago. Bob grew up in Ohio, where his family belonged to a private pool much like Merrimack, augmenting his fondness for Merrimack. Bob is a frequent user of the pool, and we welcome his contributions to the Board.

Don’t want to make Dinner on Friday? Well, take a break and treat yourself to Mack’s weekly Friday special and order from the Café. If you missed the Fish Fry and Wings Night, then stay tuned – each week we will post the Friday specials and other Mack’s news on Twitter and the website. And don’t save Mack’s just for Fridays – the full menu of burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, quesadillas, and more is available every day and night!

Summer storms: You hear a clap of thunder or see lightning. Oh, no – is the pool closing? Check out our new live Merrimack Twitter Feed @merrimack_pool or at where we will provide real time updates if the pool is open or closed.

NOTE: When we hear thunder or see lightning, the pool and deck must cleared for 30 minutes. Each additional thunder clap or flash of lightning resets the clock and requires an additional 30 minutes of closure. Rain alone does not merit a pool closure unless there is a VERY heavy rainstorm, and closure for rain will be made on a situational basis.

We have reconfigured our website format for mobile devices to access this feed. Click on the “Twitter” tab and then “Twitter Feed” for the latest tweets.

We’ve ordered it. It will arrive soon, so bikes can be parked in a safe and secure manner.

Finally, please be considerate if you use aerosol spray sunscreen. We request that pool users apply aerosol spray sunscreen outside the pool deck, and/or away from others. Sprays can be bothersome and irritating, and we urge pool users of all ages to be careful and courteous when using any aerosols at or near the pool.

Stay tuned for the next “On Deck at Merrimack” and let us know if there are more topics you would like to have including in the newsletter.   See you at the pool!

On Deck at MERRIMACK - June 9, 2019

We will be open all day beginning June 15! Check the schedule for the exact hours.  Come on down for fun in the sun, cool in the pool, and food and snacks from Mack’s!

Summer storms: You hear a clap of thunder. Is the pool closing? Check out the Twitter Feed from our website. Or find us on Twitter at @merrimack_pool. We’ll do our best to post updates and you can also call the front desk (301-229-6579) to find out the pool’s status.

NOTE: When we hear thunder or see lightning the pool and deck must be cleared for 30 minutes. Each additional thunder clap resets the clock and requires an additional 30 minutes of closure (with a maximum 90-minute delay before closing the pool). Rain alone does not merit a pool closure unless it’s VERY heavy and the guards cannot see the bottom of the pool.


School is out! Our annual “Welcome to Summer” party for kidswill be held on Friday, June 14 from 2:00pm-4:00pm with music and pizza! We welcome parent volunteers! Contact

JUNE 14 MOVIE & RAFT NIGHT 7:30pm-10:00pm
Following our daytime pizza party, we will have our debut Movie Night,with “Despicable Me: 1” so bring your blankets and rafts for the pool. No boats or over-sized rafts please – it’s too hard for our lifeguards to see clearly with those. Rafting fun starts at 7:30pm and the movie will begin at dusk, around 8:30pm.

Mack’s Café will be serving wings as the special that night. Cash or credit cards are accepted at Mack’s.

Guests must be limited to 3 per family during pool sponsored social events and holidays. Bannockburn Pool member families are invited for “The Welcome to Summer” party since their pool is closed on the afternoon of June 14.

Equity Members: the annual Shareholder Meeting, will be held on Thursday, June 20, 7:00pm-9:00pm. The pool will close at 6:30pm that evening for all but Equity Members. Note that this is a business meeting for adult members and their spouse/partner. However, the pool will remain open until 8:00pm with lifeguards on dutyfor children of Equity Members, and food will be provided for Equity Members attending the annual meeting.

Merrimack is delighted to offer private swim lessons throughout the summer for kids of all ages and all abilities. Ask to see the swim instructors’ books at the Lifeguard Office. There you will see their swim biographies and the times they are available to teach.

To offer private lessons at Merrimack, each instructor must be a Merrimack pool member and MPRA-approved, have relevant teaching experience, and have current lifeguard certifications.

Questions about private swim lessons should be addressed to MPRA Board Member, Susan Eagle, not Coach Elizabeth, as private lessons are not part of the swim team program.

We are not only sociable, but we’realso fashionable at Merrimack, so we are excited to announce some new merchandise for sale this year! Plush yellow beach towels of superior weight cotton with the Merrimack logo, baseball caps in grey mesh, white visors, and large size gray sweatpants with Merrimack down the leg. View the new offerings here.

Back by popular demand, we have the white burn-out hoodies, a selection of small youth-sized plaid pajama bottoms and the soft grey t-shirts emblazoned with“Merrimack Swim & Dive”. In addition, we have water bottles, mesh swim bags, white “Merrimack Swim & Dive” t-shirts and long sleeve hoodies, and select sizes of grey sweatshirts and black athletic shorts.

Spirit wear will be available for purchase every Tuesday 4:00pm-6:30pm and during home swim meets 8:00am-11:00am.

Start the day right and jump into the pool before you go to work. The pool is available for early bird lap swimming on weekday mornings 6.30am-7.30am June 17 through August 23.

This year there is no additional charge for this early bird access,but we ask that participants please sign inon arrival so we can track attendance . Early Bird Swimmers must be 18 + years of age.

Want to take your child’s summer fun to the next level? Our Merrimack Dive Team was crowned #1 in the County last summer, and has slots open for new divers. No need for tryouts to join this team — and prior experience is not necessary. Register now (a child can also join the team on a trial basis for a few days to see if she / he likes it). To learn more visit the website, or contact Kerrie Bouker or Mark Cohen.

We are proud to report our ManiacsSwim Team is thriving with 200+ young swimmers. Please note that there are swim team practices every afternoon, including Mini Maniacs, from about 3:30pm-7:30pm – through mid-July (see practice schedule). A few times this summer, the pool will open later or close earlier for swim meets (see meet schedule). Swim team families are encouraged to follow the Maniac’s TeamUnify website for all the latest and greatest news and information.

Dates to watch:

  • June 15 – First A home swim meet of the season at Merrimack v. Kenmont – so pool will open at Noon.
  • June 16 – First home dive meet of the season at Merrimack v. Mill Creek Town – so diving well will be closed from 3:00pm-7:00pm.
  • June 19 – First B swim meet of the season away meet at Little Falls.

For more information about Pool Check-in Procedures, Mack’s Café, and Adult Swim Lessons, please see our previous newsletters.

Stay tuned for the next “On Deck at Merrimack” and let us know if there are more topics you would like to cover in the newsletter!

On Deck at MERRIMACK - May 23, 2019

Wow that was perfect weather for our opening weekend!

While we won’t be sending weekly newsletters, we want to provide additional information and guidance early in the season.


Unfortunately, we were not able to open in the afternoons this week due to the unavailability of lifeguards in the pre-season. The pool is closed tomorrow, Friday, except for age 8 & Under assessments by Coach Elizabeth, but will open for all on Saturday at 11:00am. And, we will be open in the afternoons starting next week. Check the pool schedule carefully because the hours are different when MCPS schools are in session and when school is out.


As has been our policy, you must check in each time you arrive at the pool. If you do not have a photo, the guard will take your picture for your electronic ID in the pool membership system. Registration and pool attendance information is important for many reasons, including liability and hiring needs, so we ask that everyone please understand and pause to give your name(s) at our spiffy check-in guard house – why else do you think we built that magnificence? In addition, Daily Guest Passes must be purchased online through your pool account. Payments will not be accepted for Daily Guest Passes at the pool. A reminder that guests must be limited to 3 per family on holidays and during pool sponsored social events. Approval is required for gatherings of 10 or more, see Party Policies.


It was time to upgrade our diving boards, so we have! We are in the process. In addition to one of the two board stands having been extensively rehabilitated (the other to be completed next week), we will be receiving two new resurfaced diving boards by June 6. In the meantime, our current boards are open for use.


Mack’s Café will debut this weekend! Check out our new signs showing where, indeed, Mack’s is located for those who have looked around and asked “wait, where’s that new snack bar that was built?” Mack’s will open on Saturday with a regular menu from 11:00 am-8:00pm. On Sunday, in addition to the 11:00am-8:00pm hours, there will be a FAJITAS special starting at 4:00pm until supplies run out – so do get there early. Mack’s will also be open next week on weekdays from 4:00pm-8:00pm. A full list of dates and menus will be posted soon. At this time, Mack’s is accepting cash only.

On Deck at Merrimack newsletters are posted on the website. Be sure that you read the information in the first newsletter for Swim Team & Dive Team, and Adult Swim Classes.

Watch for these stories in the next On Deck at Merrimack:

  • Early Bird Swim
  • Private Swim Lessons
  • Weather Policy
  • Upcoming Socials


  • Friday, May 24, 4:30pm-6:00pm; Monday, May 27, 3:00pm-4:00pm; or Tuesday, May 28, 4:00pm-4:30pm Assessments for 8 & Unders. Sign up here.
  • Thursday, May 30, 10:00am-8:00pm, Mini Maniacs registration for Equity Members.
  • Friday, May 31, 10:00am Mini Maniacs registration for Full Summer Affiliates.
  • Every Wednesday & Friday in June, 4:00pm-7:00pm, and Saturdays, 8:00am-Noon during home swim meets, Spirit Wear Sales.
  • Friday, June 14, 2:00pm “Welcome to Summer” pool party. Contact Siobhan Gonzalez to volunteer!
  • Thursday, June 20, 7:00pm-9:00pm. Equity Member shareholder meeting.

Here’s to a safe, sunny, warm Memorial Day weekend at the pool!

On Deck at Merrimack - May 15 2019

Welcome to “On Deck at Merrimack”, our newsletter covering all aspects of the pool this summer.
What’s up this season?

Join us for Opening Day, Saturday, May 18 at 11:00am! if you have not renewed your season dues, do so here. The pool will be open abbreviated hours until school is out. A full week schedule will begin June 15. Check the schedule here.

Equity shareholder members should mark their calendars for the annual shareholder Annual Meeting, which will be held on Thursday, June 20, 7:00pm-9:00pm. The pool will close at 6:30pm that evening for all but Equity Members. Note that this is a business meeting for adult members and their spouses/domestic partners. However, the pool will remain open until 8:00pm with lifeguards on duty for families of Equity Members (only).

Following last season’s major renovation, we have made some additional improvements. The women’s and men’s rooms have been spruced up with additional decorative tile, the concrete in the patio eating area has been redone and improved, and we have added two large umbrellas to provide shade and protection from the elements in the café table areas. We are in the process of upgrading the pool WiFi to provide better and more reliable coverage and access. And, we are installing security cameras to protect the property and increase security and safety both inside and outside the pool deck.

The snack bar is back with a new name and updated menu. Welcome to “Mack’s Café,” our on-premises restaurant serving lunch through dinner when the pool fully opens in mid-June. Daily fare will include sandwiches, salads, burgers, hot dogs, quesadillas, pasta, ice cream, and drinks. During the summer, there will be meal specials, including Barbecue, Fish Fry, Wing Night, Fajitas, and Tacos. Menus, times and prices will be posted soon, so stay tuned.

June 2019 means Summer at the Pool! First up will be our annual “Welcome to Summer” pool party for all kids immediately following the last day of MCPS school, beginning at 2:00pm on Friday, June 14. We will have free pizza, drinks, and fun music to celebrate summer! Contact Siobhan Gonzalez to help organize this fun kick-off event. Seasonal events will include Movie Nights, pot-luck specials, adult nights, and more, with dates and details to follow.

We are excited to announce some new merchandise for sale this year! We have beautiful new yellow beach towels of superior weight 100% cotton with the Merrimack logo. In addition, we will be selling low-profile trucker-style ball caps in grey mesh with our logo in white. View the new offerings that include grey sweatpants with “MERRIMACK” down the leg and pockets, for our youngsters. Back by popular demand, we have reordered the white burn-out hoodies and the white twill visors, a selection of small youth-sized plaid pajama bottoms and the very soft grey t-shirts that display “Merrimack Swim & Dive” in youth sizes and “Merrimack” in adult sizes. In addition, we are selling the white “Merrimack Swim & Dive” t-shirts, and select sizes of grey sweatshirts and black running shorts. Spirit wear will be available for purchase every Tuesday 4:00pm-6.30pm and during home swim meets 8:00am-11:00am.

Registration is open for our enthusiastic and energetic swim team: the Merrimack Maniacs, welcoming swimmers ages 5 to 18. For beginner swimmers, ages 5 and 6, we have a pre-team, the Mini-Maniacs. Do you have an 8 & Under? Please check to see if they need an assessment. For older swimmers, practice starts Wednesday, May 29. The full season practice schedule is HERE and scroll down to the meet schedule HERE. Our TEAM UNIFY SITE is your portal to all things Maniacs, but if you still have questions, just email the team reps at Go Maniacs!

WHAT IS IT? Swim Team coaches provide in-water, small group instruction (up to 4 children per group) for our youngest swimmers. For safety reasons, the program is limited to 20 children.
WHAT AGES? Children ages 5 & 6. Child MUST be five years old as of May 1, 2019.
WHAT’S THE SCHEDULE? June 17 to July 25: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, 3:45pm-4:15pm.
Please note Equity Members may sign up a day before Full Summer Affiliates. Register HERE. After registering, please allow up to 48 hours for acceptance confirmation. Equity Members Registration: May 30, 2019 at 10:00am. Registration will close at 8:00pm. $250 per swimmer. Full Summer Affiliate Registration: May 31, 2019 at 10:00am. $270 per swimmer.

Take your child’s summer fun to the next level! Our team that was crowned #1 in the County last summer, has slots open for new divers. No need for tryouts to join this team, and prior experience is not necessary. To register, click here (a child can also join the team on a trial basis for a few days in case you want to see if it’s the right fit.) Practice starts on Tuesday, May 28. To learn more visit the website, or contact Kerrie Bouker or Mark Cohen.

Adult swim training for parents, lap swimmers, or triathletes. Coach Elizabeth will provide swimming technique drills combined with interval and aerobic training sets. She will provide some individual attention throughout all practices. A great way to improve your swimming while being with friends. All 22 classes for $200 or pay-as-you-go for $15 per class. Please make payment by cash or check to Elizabeth at the first class you attend. Contact Coach Elizabeth to confirm your space.

Sundays, 8:30am-10:00am June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, July 14, 21
August 4, 11 (no class July 7 or 28)
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7:00am-8:00am* June 4, 6,11, 13
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7:30am-8:30am** July 30, August 1, 6, 8
Tuesdays, 7:45pm-9:00pm June 18, 25 July 2,16, 23 (no class July 9)

*  pool closed in mornings–public schools still in session
** during and after swim team season warm-up during early bird swim 6:30am – 7:30am

We currently have a limited number of slots available for Full & Late Summer Affiliates. If you know anyone who is interested in Merrimack, let them know to apply quickly!


We Welcome New Swimmers!

There is a $50 non-refundable fee to apply for Equity Membership, Full Summer Affiliate, or Late Summer Affiliate swim privileges. Each category has limits: 300 Equity Members, 275 Full Summer Affiliates, and 80 Late Summer Affiliates. Current Equity Members are guaranteed swim privileges each season. Anyone may apply for Equity Membership. When slots are available, priority is given to those who live within the pool boundaries. Current Full Summer Affiliates receive the option to renew swim privileges. Contact with questions.