Northbrook Park District • 545 Academy Drive • Northbrook, IL 60062 • 847·291·2960 •


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.

Click here for details on Pool Passes.

2016 Pool Schedules

Northbrook Sports Center Pool (NSC) 847·897·6196   Meadowhill Aquatic Center
(MAC) 847·291·2997
Memorial Day Weekend: May 28-30   Regular Season: June 4-August 14
11am-7pm Open Swim   Monday-Saturday
Preseason: May 31-June 3   9-11am Lap Swim/Children’s Play Area Only
Monday-Friday   11am-8pm Open Swim
7-9am Lap Swim Only   July 15: Pool closes at 1pm for Illinois State Lifeguard Games
August 6: Pool opens at 11am
after Youth Triathlon
3-8pm Open Swim  
Regular Season: June 4-August 14  
Monday-Friday   Sunday
6-8:30am Lap Swim Only   10am-7pm Open Swim
Noon-6:30pm Slides Open   July 4
Noon-8pm Open Swim   11am-7pm Open Swim
Saturday   Postseason: August 15-20
6-8:30am Lap Swim Only   Monday-Saturday
10am-8pm Open Swim   9-11am Lap Swim/Children’s Play Area Only
Noon-6:30pm Slides Open   11am-8pm Open Swim
August 13: Pool opens at noon after
Cardboard Regatta
  11am-7pm Open Swim
Sunday   Postseason: August 22-September 4
Twilight Rates begin at 4pm
10am-6pm Open Swim  
July 4   Monday-Friday
11am-7pm Open Swim   6-9am Lap Swim

We attempt to provide maximum facility usage and will post an updated schedule at each pool and

Weather and Activity Hotline 847·291·2985

  4-8pm Open Swim
  9-11am Lap Swim/Children’s Play Area Only
  11am-8pm Open Swim
  11am-7pm Open Swim
  Labor Day: Monday, September 5
  11am-7pm Open Swim


Children 10 years and younger must be accompanied by someone age 16 or older.


Swim Periods

Open Swim: Pools are open to all ages during this time. The wading pool, slides, diving well and lap lanes are available.

Lap Swim: Swimmers can use kick boards, fins and snorkels in the designated lap swimming area. Circle swimming is required when two or more swimmers are in the lane.

Children’s Play Area at MAC: During this time, parents and children 10 years and younger can enjoy the Children’s Play Area.


Daily Admission Fees


Youth (age 2-17) $6/8
Adult (age 18-64) $7/9
Senior (age 65+) $6/8

Twilight Fees (after 5pm)

Youth (age 2-17) $4/6
Adult (age 18-64) $5/7
Senior (age 65+) $4/6

Swim lessonLessons and Programs
The Park District offers a variety of aquatic classes. We offer lessons in the summer at Meadowhill Aquatic Center. We also offer aquatic programming throughout the school year on various Sundays at Glenbrook North High School.
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See the current recreation guide for available classes.

Northbrook swim lessons follow Starfish Swim/Stroke School. The philosophy of Starfish Swim/Stroke School is based upon several core beliefs that include:

  • A relationship exists between instructor behaviors and student performance
  • Students learn in different ways and have different readiness levels
  • The focus should be on ability, not disability, achievement, not errors
  • Multiple methods of instruction, including “learn by doing” results in higher levels of student performance.
  • Effective instructional methods can be learned and developed.

Northbrook Swim Lesson Curriculum

Children are tested at the beginning of each session and grouped by ability, progressing through the levels as they master the skills.

Level I (white)—The core competency is trust and submersion. Safety skills include asking permission and safe water entry and exit.

Level II (red)—The core competency is body positions and air recovery. Safety skills include the back float air recovery position and proper use of life jackets.

Level III (yellow)—Forward movement and direction change are the focus. Safety skills include reach or throw assists and calling 9-1-1.

Level IV (blue)—Rotary movement is the core competency. Safety skills include the side glide air recovery position and treading water.

Level V (green)—The core competency is integrated movement, incorporating the side glide air recovery position with forward movement. Safety skills include further endurance in treading water and the survival float.

The Northbrook Park District is an authorized Provider of the Starfish Swimming Curriculum.

Pool Parties
Private pool parties are available in the summer. For more information, call the Village Green office at 847·291·2980 or click here.

Pool Safety
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.

LifeguardsLifeguard 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:

Preseason Training

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)

In-Season Training

  • Lifeguard In-Services: Mandatory 4 hours per month
  • Vigilance Awareness Testing: Scan Watches are completed each week at each facility and
    1-2 Live Action Rescues, Dummy Rescues or Shadow Drops 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.

Helpful Links
Pool Rules PDF Download
Pool FAQs PDF Download

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