Monday, June 28, 2010

The YMCA at Meadowmont (Pool)

Well, it was a summer weekend and I didn't have anyone to get me into a private pool (such a hard life, I know). Luckily there is another great family pool open to the public. So C and I decided to try out the Meadowmont pool. This pool, formerly known as the Meadowmont Swim Club, is in the Meadowmont community but open to the public. Just recently the YMCA of Chapel Hill took over and now operates this community pool.

This pool is great! It is much larger than I had anticipated. There are 2 separate pools: 1 is a lap pool (yet also has an area just for play) and the other is a play pool. The play pool has a large slide for kids of all ages, a water fountain feature, is 4 feet deep at it's deepest, and has a large zero entry area. Lots of space for toddlers to splash and for parents to put chairs in the water and sit.

In addition, all around the pool deck there are a lot of chairs, tables, and shaded areas. It is certainly the sort of pool where you could come and spend the whole day.

There is a clubhouse with a few games inside, but not much. Additionally, there is a snack bar that sells concessions. But the concessions aren't much: freezer pops, candy bars, pizza slices, and sodas. They do have Dipping Dots though that seemed to be popular. This is a Y so no alcoholic beverages or tobacco allowed on the premises. You can bring in outside coolers and food.

The place also has a playground, but you have to leave the pool area and go around to the outside to access it. It is mulch and doesn't have shade, but it is a great option to have. The Y doe
s allow reentry into the pool, even with a day pass.

As I mentioned, this pool is open to the public. You can buy a membership, which is basically a membership to the Y, at varying levels. They have an annual pass ($500 per family), a seasonal pass ($250 per family), and a 10-visit card ($40 for youth, $75 for adults).

If you have commitment issues, though, you can pay for a day pass. Adults are $10, youth ages 3-17 are $5, kids under 3 are free. I personally think this is a lot for a day pass, but it also just depends on how long you can stay, I suppose. Get your money's worth.

By the way, they have these things called "pool breaks." Every 10 minutes before the hour everyone has to get out of the play pool for a few minutes. No one could explain why these happened, and the staff didn't do anything during this time. The lap pool stays open so everyone heads over there. These breaks only last a few minutes.


Parking is easy. They have changing facilities here that are decent (with a changing table for infants), but they are small so can be cramped. Only 1 shower that I saw.

Meadomont pool also has a pavilion area that looks great for parties. And they do rent out the pavilion, clubhouse, and pool for private events.

Many lifeguards are on duty here.

The YMCA at Meadowmont
http://www.chcymca.org/
Call for hours due to swim meets and lessons, but in general the play pool is open Mondays - Saturdays 10 am - 8 pm and Sundays 1 pm - 8pm.


301 Old Barn Lane
Chapel Hill, NC
919-945-0640

8 Comments:

At June 28, 2010 at 4:53 PM , Anonymous Sharon said...

Pool breaks are meant as a reminder time for kids to go to the bathroom, since they tend to forget otherwise!

 
At June 28, 2010 at 10:38 PM , Blogger chapelhillmom said...

That is so fantastic and makes sense! And thanks for letting me know. I had asked around but no one really knew. Now we have the answer!

 
At January 30, 2011 at 7:11 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

we had pool breaks in PA. Kids had to exit for adult swim only.

I am a new resident of Hillsborough as of this weekend. I have been following your blogs for a few months now. Thank you!!!! I wish my plan had a pool but it doesn't boo!

 
At September 20, 2011 at 9:49 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also a time for kids to take a break, catch their breath and put on more sunscreen - things they don't want to do if not forced out of the pool. We've been going there on a summer membership since even before it was given to the YMCA. This summer there were signs posted about the pool breaks and lots more in terms of concessions and free refills on drinks! More attentive lifeguards than other CH pools (we've been to several). We get our money's worth every single summer on the Summer (Family) membership.

 
At March 5, 2012 at 9:21 AM , Blogger Emma Sue said...

Parents might want to note that the bottom of the YMCA's Meadowmont pool has a very rough texture, especially in the shallow end. Of course it's important to have it textured to prevent slipping, but be warned that if your kids have sensitive skin, it may cause them discomfort. My son could barely walk at the end of a 2-hour visit, the bottoms of his feet were so irritated. He now wears water shoes at Meadowmont, which solved the problem.

 
At March 5, 2012 at 9:22 AM , Blogger Emma Sue said...

Parents might want to note that the bottom of the YMCA's Meadowmont pool has a very rough texture, especially in the shallow end. Of course it's important to have it textured to prevent slipping, but be warned that if your kids have sensitive skin, it may cause them discomfort. My son could barely walk at the end of a 2-hour visit, the bottoms of his feet were so irritated. He now wears water shoes at Meadowmont, which solved the problem.

 
At May 18, 2012 at 1:18 PM , Blogger LT said...

We love the shade options at Briar Chapel pool the few times we've been invited there. Has Meadowmont added any more shade? I don't consider those trellises sufficient shade, and wondered if maybe they've put in some more umbrellas - or can you bring your own?

 
At May 22, 2012 at 3:03 PM , Blogger allison c @godansker.com said...

As far as I know they haven't really added more shade options yet (we'll be there to check on things and swim very soon though, so will let you know). I do know that they discourage folks from bringing in their own umbrellas. If you find anything out before me, please post and let me know!

 

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