Greenmeadow vs Eichler Around Town, posted by undecided, a resident of the Greenmeadow neighborhood, on Jan 3, 2011 at 5:06 pm
We are interested in joining a swim club this summer. Though we live very close to Greenmeadow we have heard good things about the Eichler Swim and Tennis Club. We have three small children. Does anyone have suggestions?
Posted by Eichler Member, a member of the Fairmeadow School community, on Jan 3, 2011 at 5:18 pm
Don't know about Greenmeadow but we have been members at Eichler for three years. We love it. It is a great place to go with young children. My kids usually know several of their school mates whenever we show up so it is always a quick and easy playdate. The staff is nice but the parents are awesome.
Posted by Neighbor, a resident of the Meadow Park neighborhood, on Jan 3, 2011 at 5:26 pm
How about joining the facilities at the Campus for Jewish Life. Before you make a decision on whether to join the Eichler Club or Greenmeadow, have a tour of the Campus for Jewish Life, you may actually prefer it. Also, I have neighbors who have placed their young children in the pre-school at the JCC and they are thilled with it.
Posted by Another Eichler Member, a resident of the Palo Verde neighborhood, on Jan 3, 2011 at 7:13 pm
Check the wait lists for the swim clubs. We had to wait 3 years for the Eichler.
If your kids want to be in swim team, then fine, but if they want to free swim it is often too busy in swim team season for non swim team members to have a good visit. The barbeque facilities are great and it is good to be able to have dinner and a swim there during the summer as well as time to play tennis.
Not sure whether the JCC facilities are a similar outdoor setting. I would suggest touring all three facilities and talking to members. Make sure you know exactly what you are looking for and how you will use your membership.
Posted by Former Greenmeadow Member, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Jan 3, 2011 at 8:28 pm
A few years ago, Greenmeadow was open only from Spring to Fall, while the Eichler Club was open year round. It may or may not still`be the case. I don't know. Also the Eichler Club has tennis courts which Greenmeadow does not.
Posted by GM resident, a resident of the Greenmeadow neighborhood, on Jan 4, 2011 at 11:14 am
@undecided: Sounds like you live in the Greenmeadow neighborhood. Greenmeadow is a community-centric pool. The community focus is what makes it so wonderful. If you live in Greenmeadow, you will find the community involvement unsurpassed. You are not excluded from things if you live outside GM but many of the opportunities and programs focus on the residents in the neighborhood. Eichler doesn't have this kind of structure. If you live outside of the community then Eichler may be a better choice.
Posted by anon, a resident of the Palo Verde neighborhood, on Jan 4, 2011 at 6:44 pm
undecided: Greenmeadow has two kinds of membership. One is resident members for a specific set of 300 homes surrounding the club. I don't think Charleston is part of that. The other is known as associate members. Resident members gets priority WHEN there is a wait list and they get to vote for things (for certain programs, how to spend the budget, etc.). Associate members make up about 70-75% of the membership but they don't get a vote.
There are a couple of other type of memberships for the residents but I don't know exactly what they are.
Posted by Another Eichler Member, a resident of the Palo Verde neighborhood, on Jan 4, 2011 at 7:55 pm
Call the Eichler or drop in and speak to the lifeguard or manager and ask about the wait list. It fluctuates but they will be able to tell you how many are on the list and how long the wait may be. I understand that it is shorter now that it once was.
Posted by Eric, a resident of the Barron Park neighborhood, on Jan 5, 2011 at 8:54 am
Though I appreciate the cute historical aspect of Green Meadow, I wonder if that is enough to carry them through to the next ten years. The Green Meadow buildings are getting old and worn looking especially the bathrooms. The diving area can't be fixed with a new diving board because the diving area is not up to code. The pump house needs work. The community room is less than spectacular. I hope there are plans in the works for some major renovations because less than a mile away is a brand new JCC facility. Even Eichler has had some improvements done to their facility.
Posted by anonymous, a resident of the Duveneck/St. Francis neighborhood, on Jan 5, 2011 at 10:09 am
I recommend joining a "neighborhood style" swim club where you can walk to it as opposed to an institution. When we lived in Sunnyvale, we belonged to Fairbrae Swim and Tennis, which is located in the Fairbrae Eichler neighborhood. It was optimum to be able to walk to this small-size, community oriented club.
Posted by palo alto mom, a resident of the Duveneck/St. Francis neighborhood, on Jan 5, 2011 at 2:02 pm
Having been a member of the University Club for years, the info about rec swim vs. swim team time is very relevant. The UC typically turns over almost all of the pool to the swim team, leaving sometimes only one lane for rec swimmers (adults for exercise and kids alike). Make sure the way the access to the pool is managed is consistent with your needs.
Posted by wow, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Jan 19, 2011 at 10:08 pm
I agree with GM resident. Green Meadow is nice if you belong to their community but living outside of it makes you feel outside of it. Interesting that 70% of their revenue comes from the outsiders. How did they work that one?
Posted by Paly Mom, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Jan 31, 2011 at 4:30 pm
We have been associate members at Greenmeadow for 8 years now. I love swimming in that pool - it is probably the outdoor pool in the lower peninsula where you can get a lane to yourself on a sunny Saturday. After swimming at Greenmeadow for a while, sharing lanes at the Y or Stanford leaves me cold.
And FWIW, Dana Kirk has been an amazing swim coach for my kids. She is tough, so not for everyone. But for a competitive kid, Dana rocks.
Posted by GMCA mom, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Feb 3, 2011 at 2:16 pm
The south Palo Alto swim program, Web Link uses Greenmeadow pool year round for youth swim team and for their Master's program. The times for Masters is on their website. I believe that Greenmeadow members have a lane open during the times when the Master's are swimming.
Posted by mom palo alto, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Feb 8, 2011 at 8:48 am
I hesitate to say this because right now my kids and I enjoy the entire Elks gym and locker room by ourselves, but the new Elks facility is absolutely beautiful!!! Everything is brand spanking new and you can enjoy a beverage and bistro meal by the pool at a very reasonable price. The Elks club also offer a full gym loaded with brand new equipment of the best quality, well appointed locker rooms and an outdoor jacuzzi and handball courts, a library, a room for exercise classes and meeting rooms. The Elks take comfort seriously. The locker rooms (one each for men and women) include private lockers, a comfortable lounge area, scale, showers, towel service and women and men each have their own indoor jacuzzi, steam room and sauna. The gym has the latest equipment including weight training and aerobic stuff. The price for all this will be about the same as Greenmeadow and Eichler (I know because I priced them all) 's a reason there are openings at Greenmeadow. People are very friendly and all kinds of people of all ages are part of the Elks community. The best part is that all members are equal and have an equal vote on all issues. This isn't true at all clubs so be sure to ask about voting rights before you commit. Take a look at the Elks club. Have a meal in the bistro. And tour the fantastic new facility. Then go look at Greenmeadow.
Posted by GM resident, a resident of the Greenmeadow neighborhood, on Feb 8, 2011 at 10:44 pm
mom palo: I don't think that's fair to say go look at the Elks Club first and then to go look at Greenmeadow. Elks is huge and shiny and new while Greenmeadow is small and older (50+ years). I don't think you can look at it that way. You have to appreciate the history of Greenmeadow to get it.