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.
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
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