Northbrook Park District Aquatics
General Pool Information
The Northbrook Park District maintains two outdoor swimming pools, Meadowhill Aquatic Center at Meadowhill Park and the Northbrook Sports Center Pool at West Park.
The outdoor pools at Meadowhill Aquatic Center and the Northbrook Sports Center offer fun and relaxation for all ages. The pools have seasonal hours between late May and early September.
Meadowhill Aquatic Center
Closed for the season.
Northbrook Sports Center
Closed for the season.
Pools are open to all ages during this time. The wading pool and lap lanes are available. Children age 10 and under must be accompanied by someone at least 16 years old.
Lanes are available for individuals who wish to swim laps. Lap swimmers can use kick boards, fins and snorkels in the designated lap swimming area. Circle swimming is preferred when two or more swimmers are in the lane.
Play Area at MAC
During this time, parents and tots can enjoy the children's play area exclusively. The play area is available to children 10 years and younger.
The following conditions may warrant closing of the Park District’s outdoor pools.
- Inclement weather
- Air temperature below 65 degrees Fahrenheit as recorded at O’Hare
- Low Attendance
- Mechanical Breakdown
Lessons and Programs
The Park District offers a variety of aquatic classes. We offer lessons in the summer at Meadowhill Aquatic Center. We also offers aquatic programming throughout the school year on various Sundays at Glenbrook North High School.
See the current recreation guide for available classes.
Private pool parties are available in the summer. For more information, call the Village Green office at 847·291·2980 or click here.
Our pool staff takes your family’s safety seriously but cannot do it alone. We remind parents and guardians that children should not be left unattended at the pool. Young children and nonswimmers should be supervised directly – within touching distance – by a responsible adult.
Lifeguard and Swim Instructor Certification and Training
Safety is the number one priority of the Northbrook Park District. All Managers, Lifeguards and Swim Lesson Instructors must be certified by StarGuard or StarFish Swimming before being allowed to guard or teach. Both certifications are through Starfish Aquatics Institute, which has developed a risk management system and competency-based training program used by aquatic facilities around the world.
In addition, several staff members hold CPO (Certified Pool Operator) Licenses or AFO (Aquatic Facility Operator) Licenses. The national certification demonstrates that pool operators have completed the required education and training for proper facility and staff management and signifies our commitment to providing the highest level of service and professional excellence.
The Park District takes the following action to train pool staff and keep them vigilant:
All Staff: Northbrook Park District Staff Orientation (2 hours) – Covers Risk Management, Personnel and Participant Conduct, and Customer Service
Managers: Lifeguard Skills Training Review (3 hours), Guard Training (24 hours), Facility Reviews (6 hours)
Guards: Guard Certification Training (24 hours for new guards, 20 hours for recertification),
Facility Training (3 hours)
Swim Lesson Instructors: Instructor Trainer Certification (16 hours), Instructor Certification Training (8 hours)
- Lifeguard In-Services: Mandatory 4 hours per month
- Vigilance Awareness Testing: 10 Scan Watches completed each week per facility and
1-2 Live Action Rescues, Dummy Rescues or Shadow Drops per day per facility
- Swim Lesson Instructor In-services: Mandatory 1 hour per month
- Staff completes one internal audit each month, based on StarGuard and PDRMA (Park District Risk Management Agency) standards
- Cook County Public Health Department conducts 1-2 audits per facility each season.
- PDRMA conducts unannounced audits during the summer.
- Starfish Aquatics Institute - StarGuard will conduct 3 audits of our facilities during the summer.
- Starfish Aquatics Institute - StarFish Swimming will conduct one audit of our lessons during the summer.