By Heidi Barton
Oakbrook Swim and Tennis Club (OSTC) is a great local family friendly place to spend the summer. This will be the 49th year this club has been open for local families from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend.
OSTC not only has two outdoor heated swimming pools but it boasts the areas only outdoor pool with a diving board! One pool is large enough to be separated into two distinct areas. There is a shallow end with steps and a bar to help ease your way into the pool, and a larger end includes a water basketball hoop and gets deep enough for the diving board. This pool is guarded during open swim by two lifeguards. The second pool is a heated wading area that is designated for our guests 5 years of age and younger – this gives younger children an opportunity to get comfortable being in the water without splashes and waves from the older kids!
New this year – OSTC has joined the American Red Cross Learn to Swim Program! While they have always offered swimming lessons with certified instructors– they will be implementing the Red Cross swim program this year. Swim lessons are offered throughout the first few months of the summer
It is not uncommon on a summer afternoon to find children in the pool, or playing games on the grassy field surrounding the club while parents read, relax, visit or maybe have an impromptu barbeque with friends at the pool. Many parents will stop in on the way home from work just to sit on the deck and enjoy the sunshine!
The club has a large deck area with numerous umbrella covered tables, lounge chairs and picnic tables. There is also a covered cabana furnished with two barbeques that are available for members use.
This local gem has always been a not-for-profit facility. It is governed by an all-volunteer board of directors. Each year the members vote on the board of directors and thanks to the continued efforts of many this facility still shines.
The club is current accepting applications for the upcoming season. They will host their Annual Open House and free pancake breakfast on Saturday, May 25th, starting at 10am. You can check out the facilities and swim for free that day. Go to their website www.oakbrooksharks.net for all the details.
Drowning is the second leading cause of injury death for Washington children ages 1-17. Having your children and family swim at a facility that is staffed with certified lifeguards is a great way to reduce that risk.