Pool Rules

The Garden Hill Pool is operated by the Garden Hills Pool & Park Association under lease from the City of Atlanta.  As a public pool, we adhere to all City of Atlanta Aquatics regulations and procedures and are bound by Fulton County Health Department requirements. The Officers and Board of Directors of the Garden Hills Pool & Park Association and the pool managers also have established rules for the safe and effective operation of the Pool.

All pool members and their guests are expected and required to follow the pool’s safety and operating rules. Individuals who refuse to do so may be asked to leave the pool for the remainder of the day; repeated or severe violations may result in longer suspensions of pool privileges.

*** While at the pool, all children TWELVE (12) YEARS OLD AND UNDER, must be accompanied by a chaperone 16 years old or older. ***


REFUNDS

Due to the limited number of memberships sold each year, all purchases are final. A transfer of membership may be requested in writing and sent to register@gardenhillspool.com. All transfers require the approval of the Executive Committee of the Garden Hills Pool & Park Association.


POOL CLOSURE & LIMITED ACCESS DUE TO SAFETY CONCERNS

Access to pool facilities may be limited or closed during regular operating hours by management at their sole discretion due to safety concerns including but not limited to overcrowding or capacity issues, weather (including thunder and/or lightning) and contamination. Please be advised that purchase of an annual membership does not guarantee you access or allow you priority to enter the pool in the event of closure or limited access.


DIAPER POLICY

All children swimming in the main pool or the wading pool are required to wear swim suits. In addition, children THREE (3) YEARS OLD OR UNDER or those not yet potty trained must wear a disposable swim diaper AND reusable plastic swim pants. Plastic Swim Pants are available for sale at the concessions stand.

In the event that loose fecal matter is discovered in the pool, it is a Fulton County health policy that we must clear the entire pool for twelve (12) hours.  This is for the safety of all patrons to insure that no one becomes sick from exposure to bacteria.  If you are a parent of a child who is not potty trained, please take this responsibility seriously to avoid disrupting the use of the pool for the entire community.

*** To avoid health risk, diaper changing is not allowed on the pool deck or on the picnic tables.
It should be done in the pool house bathroom. ***


THUNDER & LIGHTNING POLICIES

City and County regulations require that after thunder is heard, everyone must leave the pool for 30 minutes. When the lifeguards on duty hear thunder, a whistle is blown and swimmers are asked to exit the water and remain five feet back from the water for 30 minutes from the last sound of thunder.

When lightning is sighted by the lifeguards, an announcement will be made that everyone must EXIT THE POOL and CLEAR OFF THE ENTIRE POOL AND ALL DECK AREAS for 30 minutes from the last visible lightning strike. When lightning is in the area, the National Weather Service recommends that you go to a safe building or vehicle. Do not shelter under trees. You are not safe anywhere outside during a lightning storm.

We appreciate everyone’s understanding and cooperation during summer storms. Our ultimate goal is to keep everyone safe and happy throughout the swimming season.


ADMISSIONS

General Admission prices are $4 for adults and $2 for children. A membership tag will be issued for each household member 13yrs old and up.  Membership tags should be scanned by the pool staff every time you enter the pool. Please cooperate with our staff if they ask to see other identification.

Guests of members pay General Admission prices of $4 for adults and $2 for children (12 yrs old and under) and may accompany their member hosts during hours that the pool is open to members only. Guest fees per person vary for member only parties and events. Each member/family may bring no more than one guest/family unless they have scheduled a party with pool management in which party rates apply.


PARTIES/GROUPS OF CHILDREN

In order to ensure proper lifeguard staffing, any group of 10 or more children (12yrs old or younger) must schedule their attendance with pool management (execdir@gardenhillspool.com/ 404-848-7220) at least one week before their planned visit.  One adult chaperone (age 16yrs old or older) who is capable of swimming must be available for every five children, so long as the children are capable of swimming. If there are children in the group who are not capable swimmers, one adult chaperone (age 16yrs old or higher) who is capable of swimming will be required for every two non-swimming children.  Chaperones are required to closely supervise the children when they are in the water.  The children desiring the use of the deep end and diving well may be expected to pass a swim test (at the discretion of management).  Admission rates will be consistent with the facility rental policy on the Garden Hills Pool website (gardenhillspool.com).  Parties must rent the picnic tables or pool conference room.  The limit is 30 guests for each area: north picnic tables, south picnic tables, and pool conference room. If there are any questions regarding the policy, please speak with a manager, who will make the final decision.


BABY POOL

  • Only children approximately as tall or shorter than the fence surrounding the baby pool are allowed in the actual baby pool water
  • A maximum of fifteen (15) children are allowed in the baby pool at a time
  • A parent or guardian must accompany any child in the baby pool and remain with them at all times

All children swimming in the main pool or the wading pool are required to wear swim suits. In addition, children THREE (3) YEARS OLD AND UNDER or those not yet potty trained MUST WEAR A DISPOSABLE SWIM DIAPER AND PLASTIC SWIM PANTS.  Plastic Swim Pants are available for sale at the concessions stand.


CAMPS

Camps are welcome to attend Garden Hills Pool. A camp is defined as any unit consisting of 10 or more campers which plans to attend Garden Hills Pool on a recurring basis. Camps must schedule their attendance with pool management (404-848-7220) a minimum of one week before their first planned visit. Camps may frequent Garden Hills Pool up to two weekdays per week, for a maximum of three hours per visit, during public swim hours. One swimming adult chaperone (16+) must be available for every five swimming capable children and for every two non-swimmers. Chaperones are required to to closely supervise the campers when they are in the water. Campers desiring the use of the deep end and diving well must pass a swim test as administered by management. Admission rates will be consistent with general pool admissions policies.


LAP SWIMMING

A lane in the pool is reserved for lap swimming only. Patrons not actively swimming laps are not permitted in that lane. Swimmers may not swim through or jump over the lap swimming lane to get into or out of the pool.


POOL HOURS

Please click here to see detailed information about Pool Hours.  We will make every effort to have the pool open during the hours shown in our operating schedule.  At the end of the swimming day, all swimmers must immediately exit the water. Within fifteen minutes after the closing time of the pool, everyone must have vacated the pool grounds.

Before or after normal operating hours, the pool may be used for swim team practice, staff meetings, or other purposes. During these functions, the pool is closed to all individuals not involved in those activities.


RESERVING THE POOL FACILITIES

The North & South areas of the wooden pool deck as well as the Dan Martin Pool House Conference Room are available on a reservation basis for birthday parties and other similar group functions. Reservations may be made online or by speaking with the Garden Hills Pool staff.   The pool is not available for private use outside of normally scheduled operating hours.  All parties are subject to the following rules:

  • A maximum of 30 people may attend parties reserved for each area.  Larger parties must rent additional areas, with a maximum of 90 attendees per party if both deck areas and the conference room are rented.
  • Fees paid to reserve the conference room and deck areas INCLUDE THE PRICE OF ADMISSION FOR ALL ATTENDEES.
  • Only Members of the Garden Hills Pool may rent these facilities during Member Only hours, however those attending their function are not required to be Members.
  • Parties with more than six children (under 12 years old) in attendance must be chaperoned by at least one adult (16+) for every five children who can swim, and one adult (16+) for every two non-swimmers.
  • Chaperones are required to be in the water with children while they are swimming.
  • In order to minimize the risk of water contamination, please do not return to the water until 30 minutes after eating.
  • Violation of these rules may result in the entire party being asked to immediately leave the pool grounds.
  • There are no refunds for parties asked to leave due to violation of these rules.

*** Violation of any of the above policies is grounds for immediate expulsion from the facility. ***

Garden Hills Pool & Park Association | P.O. Box 52934 | Atlanta, GA 30355 |  info@gardenhillspool.com | Pool House: 404.848.7220