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Meadowhill Aquatic Center

The Northbrook Park District Meadowhill Aquatic Center (MAC) is open for the 2021 pool season!

The following rules and procedures are under the current Bridge to Phase 5 guidelines and the directions currently in place from the CDC and State of Illinois (updated May 2021). This information will be updated as guidance from IDPH and Cook County changes. Capacity during Bridge phase will be 400 patrons.

Modifications:

  • Face Coverings are OPTIONAL if you are fully vaccinated. By visiting facilities, participating in programs and using amenities without a face covering, users are verifying truthfully that they have been fully vaccinated.
  • Face Coverings are REQUIRED if you are not vaccinated when entering and exiting the facility, on the pool deck and in the locker room.
  • Concessions will be closed. Designated eating areas will be available.
    • Outside food and food delivery services will be permitted at the pool.
    • Bottle fillers are available in the pool locker rooms. Drinking fountains will be closed. Bring your own water bottle or purchase bottled water at the vending machine.
  • Locker rooms and showers will be open. Patrons are strongly encouraged to arrive dressed to participate.
  • There will be no congregating on the pool deck, changing areas or entrance and exit areas.

Update Your Registration Account Online!

Is your account information up to date? To ensure you have a quick and easy registration experience, please ensure your household account information is up to date by logging into your park district account. Visit nbparks.org/online-registration today!

Families wishing to create a new household account can request one by clicking Create an Account or by visiting the registration office at the Leisure Center or Techny Prairie Activity Center. Proof of residency is required. For assistance or questions, call 847-291-2993.

Rainout Line

The Northbrook Park District utilizes a notification program—Rainout Line. Rainout Line is a simple way to find out the status of a field or facility.
There are four easy options:
• Download the free Rainout Line App
Click here to visit Northbrook’s Rainoutline.com
• Click the Status button on nbparks.org
• Call 847-281-3370 and follow phone prompts


Pool Schedule

MAC Regular Season Hours: Monday, June 7–Sunday, August 15
Monday-Saturday
6am-10amLap Swim/Water Walking
9am-10amChildren’s Play Area
10am-8pmOpen Swim
Sunday
10am-6pmOpen Swim
MAC Saturday, July 3
6am-10amLap Swim/Water Walking
9am-10amChildren’s Play Area
10am-8pmOpen Swim
MAC Sunday, July 4
10am-6pmOpen Swim
MAC Post Season Hours: Monday, August 16–Monday, Sept. 6
Monday-Friday
4:30pm-8pmOpen Swim
Saturday
6am-8amLap Swim/Water Walking Only
9am-11amChildren’s Play Area Only
11am-8pmOpen Swim
Sunday
10am-6pmOpen Swim
MAC Monday, Sept. 6 (Labor Day)
10am-6pmOpen Swim

Pool Usage Types

Lap Lane/Water Walking

Swimmers ages 11 years and older. Circle swimming is required. Maximum of two swimmers per lap lane. Up to seven lanes will be available for lap swim. Water walking will be held in either end of the lap pool. During open swim, lap lanes will be available. Lanes will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Water walking will be available either in the lap lane or a designated adult area during open swim. Lifeguards on duty have the authority to enforce rules and move swimmers into appropriate lanes base on the needs of the swimmers involved.

Children’s Play Area Only
Parents and children 10 years and younger can enjoy the zero-depth area at this time. Only the children’s play area will be accessible during this time.

Open Swim
All areas of the pool are available including main pool, children’s play area, slides, diving well, lap lanes and adult only area.

Swim Lessons
Parent-tot, group and private swim lessons will be offered. Classes will be available Monday-Saturday in the morning and late afternoon. Lessons begin on June 14. Click here for the swim lesson flyer.  Registration for swim lessons is open; click here to register online.

Aqua Fitness
Deep water and shallow water classes will be offered two days a week each. Classes begin June 14. Click here for a list of all classes.  Click here to register online.


Summer Outdoor Pool Passes – Northbrook Park District Residents Only

Pool passes allow unlimited admission during pool hours to Meadowhill Aquatic Center for the 2021 season.

Purchase your pass online in just a few easy steps:

  1. Visit nbparks.org and click on Register Now
  2. Go to Memberships
  3. Select type of Pool Pass to purchase
  4. Select Participant(s) to add to pool pass
  5. Add to cart and review details

New Members: Visit Techny Prairie Activity Center Monday-Friday, 9am to 8pm or Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 5pm to have your photo taken and membership card printed. Pool passes can also be purchased at Meadowhill Aquatic Center during pool hours.

Returning Members: After you renew your membership, existing passes are activated for the season. If needed, new passes can be obtained at Techny Prairie Activity Center or Meadowhill Aquatic Center.

Passes are only available for Northbrook Park District residents. Daily visit fees are required for non-residents. Daily visits for both residents and non-residents are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Children under the age of two are free for daily admission and do not need a pool pass.

 Resident Fee
Individual (Age 2-64)$135
Senior (Age 65+)$105
Senior couple (Both Age 65+)$149
Households: All individuals at the same address will be eligible to be part of a household membership. Proof of residency may be required.
Household of 2$185
Household of 3$225
Household of 4$255
Household of 5$289
Household of 6 or more (Add additional fee per person)$39
Nanny Pass (One per household, purchased with any family pass)$99


Daily Fees


2021 Daily Admission FeesTwilight: Starts at 5pm Monday- Saturday; 4pm on Sunday
ResidentNon-ResidentResidentNon-Resident
Youth ( Age 2-17)$8$10$6$8
Adult (Age 18-64)$9$11$7$9
Senior (Age 65+)$7$9$5$7


Family Splash Pass


 ResidentNon-Resident
Family Splash Card – 10 Visits$65$85
Splash cards can be shared amongst members of the same household. Passes are non-refundable and expire at the conclusion of the 2021 season. Ten individual admissions to the pool. One swipe per person in the household.


Private Rentals

Private pool rentals are available every evening from 8:15pm-10:15pm. Rentals are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here for the Application for Facility Use.

Private Pool Rentals
1-50 Guests51-100 Guests101-200 Guests
Diving well, main pool and slide$400$425$450
Add on - Children's Play AreaAdditional $125 added to the above fee

Swim Lessons/Curriculum

Lessons

The following classes will be offered.
Click here for the swim lesson flyer. 
Registration for swim lessons is open; click here to register online.

  • Parent/Child Swim Lessons
  • Preschool Swim Lessons
  • Youth Swim Lessons
  • Youth Private Swim Lessons
  • Adult Aqua Fitness

Curriculum

Children are tested at the beginning of each session and grouped by age and ability. The Northbrook Park District utilizes the Starfish Swim School Curriculum. Each level has a benchmark skill that students are required to master in order to progress to the next level. Students achieve benchmarks at their own pace in small-group classes using age-appropriate learning activities.

White – Submersion is the core competency, learned through trust. Students practice breath control, bubbles and being comfortable going under the water for 5 seconds. Asking permission before getting in the water is the safety skill.

Red – Body position is the core competency with importance on air recovery. Students master floating, streamline then submerging and recovering for air. This level includes a safety drill that must be performed in regular clothes. Students learn ‘reach or throw’ and how to call 911.

Yellow – The core competency is forward movement. Direction change is also of focus.  This level also includes a safety drill that must be performed in regular clothes.

Blue/Green – Rotary breathing and integrated movement are the two core competencies. Students will tread water for 30 seconds for their safety skills. Diving, side kick, rotation and breathing pattern drills will be developed as well.

Starfish Swim School

Starfish Swim School™ Preschool
Ages 3-5

This course will develop comfortability in the water while beginning to teach functional swim skills. Through creative, fun activities in the water, students work toward developing five competencies including submersion, body position, forward movement, rotary movement and integrated movement.

Starfish Swim School™ Youth
Ages 6-12

Five competencies including submersion, body position, forward movement, rotary movement and integrated movement are taught through a more skill-based class. Using age-appropriate methods, swim technique is more detailed.

Aqua Fitness

Get a good workout without the aching and soreness of traditional exercise. The buoyancy and resistance of the water allow you to improve your flexibility, strength and endurance. Water fitness is offered in both shallow (Mondays/Thursdays) and deep water (Tuesdays/Wednesdays) formats; you don’t need to know how to swim to participate. Participants select the individual dates to attend. A minimum of four participants must be registered 24 hours before the class for the session to be held. Check Aqua Fitness on the Rainout Line for the status of each class.
Click here for a list of all classes.
Click here to register online.

Northbrook Sports Center Pool

The Northbrook Sports Center will be receiving an infrastructure renovation this spring and summer as the Northbrook Park District continues to strategically address the Comprehensive Master Plan, Moving Forward 2026.

While the project follows the District’s mission to act as responsible stewards of physical assets, the following enhancements will also have a positive impact on user groups including an improved environment to maintain ice conditions, better rink color contrast for hockey players and safety improvements throughout the building.

To accommodate this project, the Northbrook Sports Center ice rinks and swimming pool will be closed from May 9 through September. While a difficult decision to make, these closures will support timely completion of the project.

For complete project details, click here.

Pool Safety/Lifeguard Training

Our pool staff takes your family’s safety seriously, but they cannot do it alone. We remind parents and guardians that children should not be left unattended at the pool. Young children and non-swimmers should be supervised directly—within touching distance—by a responsible adult.

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 and Dummy Rescues or Shadow Drops are completed 3 times per day at each facility

Audits

  • 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

Meadowhill Aquatic Center FAQs

2021 Pool Season

What are the dates for the 2021 pool season?

The pool season will run from Saturday, May 29–Monday, September 6. Click the following link for the complete schedule: 2021 Meadowhill Pool Schedule

What will be the capacity of the facility?

The Meadowhill Aquatic Center’s capacity is 990 guests in the IDPH’s Phase 5 guidelines.

Will I be able to swim laps or water walk?

Designated times are available in the morning, Monday-Saturday, for lap swimming and water walking. Swimmers must be 11 years and older to swim during the designated lap swimming and water walking time. Circle swimming is required. Up to seven lanes will be available for lap swim during the designated time. Water walking is available in either end of the lap pool. Lap lanes are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Water walking is available either in the lap lane or a designated adult area during open swim. Lifeguards on duty have the authority to enforce rules and move swimmers into appropriate lanes based on the needs of the swimmers involved.

What does children’s play area only mean?

Parents and children 10 years and younger can enjoy the zero-depth area at this time. Only the children’s play area is accessible during this time.

What does open swim mean?

All pool areas are available, including the main pool, children’s play area, slides, the diving well, lap lanes and adult-only area.

Will the entire facility be operational?

The entire facility is operational except for the concession stand. The concession stand is closed for the entire season.  Patrons are encouraged to bring food and coolers into the facility. Glass containers and alcohol are not allowed. Patrons may also have food delivered to Meadowhill Aquatic Center – 1501 Maple Avenue, Northbrook, IL 60062. Dining is only available in designated areas of the facility.

Will the waterslides and diving board be open?

The waterslides are open to anyone 48” or taller. The diving boards are available to anyone that is a capable swimmer. Lifeguards reserve the right to swim test anyone using the diving well.

Is there an adult area of the facility?

The south portion of the lap pool is designated as adults 18 years and older only.

Will pool passes be sold this summer?

Pool passes are available to Northbrook Park District residents only for the 2021 pool season.  Pool passes can be purchased online or in-person and are sold as individual, household of two, household of three, household of four and household of five. For households of 6 or more, there is an additional fee per person starting with the sixth person. Individual senior and senior couple options are also available. Click here to purchase a pool pass online and search “pool passes” or purchase your pass in person at Techny Prairie Activity Center or Meadowhill Aquatic Center during facility hours.

Is the park district limiting the number of pool passes being sold?

No, there is not a limit on the number of pool passes sold to Northbrook Park District residents. Season passes will not be sold to non-residents.

Can non-residents purchase a pool pass?

Non-residents are encouraged to purchase a Family Splash Card, good for 10 individual admissions to the pool. Full season passes are not available to non-residents for the 2021 season. Splash cards can be shared among members of the same family. Splash cards are non-refundable and expire after the 2021 season. One swipe per person per visit. Click here to purchase a splash card online and search “splash pass” or purchase your pass in person at Techny Prairie Activity Center or Meadowhill Aquatic Center during facility hours.

Are nanny passes available for purchase?

Resident families can purchase nanny passes at Meadowhill Aquatic Center for an additional fee when purchasing their summer pool passes. If there is more than one nanny employed by a household, there will be a separate fee for each nanny.

I had a swim pass in 2019, do I need to get a new pass printed?

Any park district card issued since 2018 will automatically be updated with your new membership. If you have misplaced your card, please stop by either Techny Prairie Activity Center or Meadowhill Aquatic Center during facility hours to have a replacement card printed.

Are there daily fees available?

Residents and non-residents can purchase daily fees in one of the following categories – Youth (2-17), Adult (18-64), and Senior (65+).  In addition, twilight hours start at 5pm Monday-Saturday and 4pm on Sunday. Children under the age of 2 are free.

I am not going to be swimming; do I have to pay to visit the facility?

Everyone entering the pool is required to either have a pass or pay a daily fee.

My daughter wants to come to the pool on her own, how old must she be?

Swimmers aged 10 years and younger must be accompanied by someone 16 years or older. Anyone 11 years or older can enter the facility on their own with a pass or payment of a daily fee.

Do I get a refund if it rains?

Should the facility close for weather, mechanical failure, emergency or any other reason, anyone that paid a daily admission will receive a guest coupon to return for free at a later date.

If I pay to come for the children’s play area only time from 9am-11am, do I have to pay again to stay for the rest of the day?

A paid daily admission provides access for the entire day. Individuals attending the 9am-11am children’s play area only time will be able to stay in the facility and enjoy the rest of the pool at 11am. Also, if a patron chooses to leave the facility, they can re-enter at any time that day as long as they produce their receipt.

How can I get up-to-date facility information?

You can receive email and/or text alerts by subscribing to the Rainout Line. Click here for Rainout Line information and to download the app.

  1. Once you have downloaded the app, search for Northbrook Park District. Click the star to the right of our name to make this your favorite. Favorites always show up first when you access the app in the future.
  2. Tap on our name and on the next screen, click the stars next to the events/programs/facilities/camps you want to follow first by making them favorites.
  3. The green circle means a program is “a go” as planned or the facility is open. The red stop sign means the program is canceled or the facility is closed. You can click on the item to see more details.
  4. Any time the status of your favorite facility or program changes, you will receive a notification through the app.

Click here to download the Rainout Line App for an iPhone.
Click here to download the Rainout Line App for android phones.

Why would the pool be closed for the day?

The facility can close for a variety of reasons. If the air temperature is 68 degrees or lower the facility will close. If there is lightning in the area, the pool deck will be cleared until the Strikeguard system provides the all clear signal. The pool may also close for mechanical failure, chemical issues or an emergency. Updates to the status of the pool will be provided via the Rainout Line app.

How do I register for swim lessons?

Parent-tot, group and private swim lessons are available. Classes will be available Monday-Saturday in the morning and late afternoon. Lessons began on June 14. Click here for the swim lesson flyer.  Registration for swim lessons is open; click here to register.

What level will my child be in for swim lessons?

All children will be evaluated at the start of the first lesson.

What is the swimmer to instructor ratio for swim lessons?

The swim lesson ratio will be between two swimmers to four swimmers per instructor depending on the ability of the swimmers.

My child wants to take a private lesson but none of the times offered work with our schedule.

If none of the offered private swim times work, please contact twitter@nbparks.org and efforts will be made to find a swim instructor that is available for your preferred swim time.

Can I watch my child’s swim lesson?

Yes, parents can watch their child’s swim lesson and are not required to pay a fee to watch a lesson. If the parent and swimmer want to stay after the lesson to use the facility, they will be required to pay a daily fee or have a pass.

Can I register for an aqua fitness class?

Water fitness is offered in both shallow water (Mondays/Thursdays) and deep water (Tuesdays/Wednesdays) formats; you don’t need to know how to swim to participate. Participants select the individual dates to attend. A minimum of four participants must be registered 24 hours before the class for the session to be held. Check Aqua Fitness on the Rainout Line for the status of each class. Click here to register.

Will the Meadowhill Aquatic Center be available for private rental?

Private pool rentals are available Monday-Saturday from 8:15pm-10:15pm and Sundays from 6:15-8:15pm. Rentals are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here for the Application for Facility Use. Rentals or organized group visits are not available during regular pool hours.

Private Pool Rentals
1-50 Guests51-100 Guests101-200 Guests
Diving well, main pool and slide$400$425$450
Add on - Children's Play AreaAdditional $125 added to the above fee

 

What COVID-19 Protocols are in place?

The following rules and procedures are in effect under the current Bridge to Phase 5 guidelines and the directions currently in place from the Illinois Department of Public Health (updated May 2021). This information will be updated as guidance from IDPH and Cook County changes.

Face Coverings are OPTIONAL if you are FULLY VACCINATED. By visiting facilities, participating in programs and using amenities without a face covering, users are verifying truthfully that they have been fully vaccinated.

Face Coverings are REQUIRED if you are NOT VACCINATED while on the pool deck.  While you are actively swimming in the pool, we encourage you to utilize the mask holder located in the diving well and in the slide area.

Hand sanitizer will be available.

Deck chairs will be sanitized at the end of each night.

Is the Sports Center Pool open this summer?

The Northbrook Sports Center will be receiving an infrastructure renovation this spring and summer as the Northbrook Park District continues to strategically address the Comprehensive Master Plan, Moving Forward 2026.

While the project follows the District’s mission to act as responsible stewards of physical assets, the project enhancements will also have a positive impact on user groups including an improved environment to maintain ice conditions, better rink color contrast for hockey players and safety improvements throughout the building.

To accommodate this project, the Northbrook Sports Center ice rinks and swimming pool will be closed from May 9 through September. While a difficult decision to make, these closures will support the timely completion of the project.

For complete project details, click here.

Please continue to monitor the Meadowhill Aquatic Center’s FAQs as regulations and procedures are subject to change with minimal notification.

More Information About Our Pool Locations:

Type Description Applies To Date Posted
Form Pool Pass Application and Household Data Form Swimming Pools Tuesday, May 25, 2021
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