April 29, 2024 at 3:53pm

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Elena Ferrarin

Article by Elena Ferrarin

Communications Coordinator
Northbrook Park District


While we’re enjoying a lovely spring with some welcome warm weather, it’s never too early to start preparing for all that summer has to offer — first and foremost, the outstanding amenities offered by the pools of the Northbrook Park District.

The two pools – Meadowhill Aquatic Center and Northbrook Sports Center Pool – provide recreation choices for swimmers of all levels and abilities, whether you want to relax in the water or are looking for a vigorous lap workout, said Aquatics Recreation Supervisor Bridgette Sterba.

“I am thrilled to dive into the excitement of running the Northbrook pools this summer,” Sterba said. “Our aquatics staff members, including our fully trained lifeguards, are excellent at what they do, and I am excited to spend another season with them!”

Meadowhill Aquatics Center (MAC), 1501 Maple Ave., will be open May 25 through Aug. 11, while the Northbrook Sports Center pool, 1730 Pfingsten Road, will be open June 8 through Sept. 2.

MAC offers a large sundeck and four separate outdoor pools: a lap pool, a children’s water playground, a diving area with three boards, and a pool with tube and body slides.

The Sports Center pool features a 25-yard pool with six lanes, a leisure pool, a vortex pool, zero-depth entry, two diving boards, a deep-water diving pool with a drop slide and a climbing wall.

Of course, the best way to enjoy it all is to get summer outdoor pool passes, which allow unlimited admission to MAC and the Sports Center pool.

The Becker family has purchased season passes for the last three years, ever since moving to Northbrook from Chicago. “We love the facility,” said Becky Becker, who enjoys both pools with her husband Noah, and their children Hannah, 4, and Davis, 7. “Being able to do an activity together that everyone loves is just great.”

The family especially appreciates the gated children’s area at MAC. “We know our 4-year-old is safe there. We obviously keep an eye on her, but we don’t have to be on top of her,” Becker said.

Her son has progressively improved at swimming, so he can enjoy the deeper ends and diving boards, and loves the vortex pool at the Sports Center, Becker said. “Both facilities have been great for our kids,” she said, “and we meet there with friends so the kids can all play together, and the parents can all hang out.”

Enjoy early bird savings by purchasing 2024 season pool passes by May 1, 2024.

2025 Pool Passes & Fees*

Season PassResidentNon-Resident
Individual (Age 2-64)$149 $159$189 $199
Senior (Age 65+)$109 $119$139 $149
Senior Couple (Both Age 65+)$159 $169$205 $215
Family of 2$205 $215$259 $269
Additional Member$39 $49$55 $65
Nanny Pass (One per Household, Purchased with Any Family Pass)$109$109
*Early fees expire May 1, 2025.


This summer’s lineup of special events at the pools features entertainment for the whole family, including “DJ on Deck” for some jamming music and contests at MAC on Saturdays June 15, July 13 and August 10; “Chalk the Deck” at the Sports Center pool on Sundays June 21, July 19 and Aug. 16; and the Cardboard Boat Regatta for ages 6 to 16 on Saturday, July 20, also at the Sports Center pool.

As every year, the Northbrook Police Department will join park district staff for a good time during the annual National Night Out event on Aug. 6 at MAC.

New this year are our Sensory-Friendly Pool Days, taking place from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sundays June 16, July 14 and Aug. 11. These special times will provide a calm and more comfortable environment without music or loud noises, so families can enjoy all the therapeutic benefits of swimming without sensory overload. No pre-registration required.

The park district offers individual swim lessons for all ages (it’s never too late to learn how to swim!) as well as parent-child swim lessons, so your little ones can have a comforting, joyous introduction to the water. We also offer preschool and youth swim lessons during the week and on Saturdays.

To get in shape while having a blast, you can take up morning aqua fitness classes Monday through Thursday, and on Saturdays.

Both pools are available for daily rentals for two hours in the early evening for private parties and events. That includes unlimited swimming and use of the deck space and concession tables.

Daily pool fees for individuals ages 2 to 64 are $11 for residents and $13 for nonresidents. For seniors ages 65 and up, $9 for residents and $11 for nonresidents; and for the children’s play area, $5 for residents and $6 for nonresidents. For more information and to purchase passes, visit nbparks.org/pools.