Original Water color of Bass Pond by MDR 2006 Bass Pond Club, Inc. Original Water color of Bass Pond by MDR 2006
Bass Pond Club, A Family Friendly Oasis in the Heart of Springfield, 1430 Parker St., Springfield, MA 01108, 413-782-5173
 
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FAQs


What does Bass Pond Club offer to members?
How do I become A Member?
What Does the Membership Cost?
Why join a club, when I can pay cheaper daily rates elsewhere?
Aren't ponds dirty?
Can I bring guests? And what about parties?
Do you have lifeguards?
What other activities does the club offer?
Who runs The Bass Pond Club?

What does Bass Pond Club offer to members?


  • Swimming and recreation opportunities from Memorial Day through Labor Day
  • Minimum of two lifeguards on duty for eight hours /day (once school is out)
  • Picnic tables, Adirondack chairs, and shady spots for relaxing
  • Sand where little ones can dig and play to their hearts content
  • Changing rooms and bathrooms
  • Picnic area and clubhouse that can be reserved for a small party
  • A small fishing dock
  • Pond access for members canoes, kayaks, and non- motorized watercrafts
  • Special events such as campfires, movie nights and family picnics
  • The chance to meet new friends and be part of a special community




How do I become A Member?


New Members are generally recruited through"word of mouth" and are friends or acquaintances of a current member. You can ask a current member to bring you an application card, or you can leave a message on our answer machine or e-mail:
Complete applications are reviewed by the Board of Directors, who must vote in all new members.


What Does the Membership Cost?


Fees for 2016 are as follows:
  Application Fee   $25.00
  Yearly Dues      $185.00
  Bond:              $210.00

The bond is a one-time fee that each member pays in orders to buy in to the cooperative ownership of the club. Bonds allow the club to estimate our returning membership from year to year so that the club can plan the yearly budget. Bonds also allow us to recoup unpaid dues from members who leave the club without officially resigning. If a member chooses to resign from the club,and resigns before May 1st of any given year, the bond will refunded to the member once that member's spot is filled by a new member.

After the first year, each member family is responsible for only the yearly membership dues. So while the first year can seem expensive, we strive to keep ongoing membership costs at an affordable level.



Why join a club, when I can pay cheaper daily rates elsewhere?


There are several local beaches that offer daily rates for families, but none of them can offer the sense of community that you will find here. We are small enough that families get to know each other, but large enough that children will always have playmates. Many of our current members have fond memories of coming to the pond when they were children.

Aren't ponds dirty?


The water in Bass Pond is tested weekly by the Health Department throughout the summer, and is consistently found to be clean and safe. Occasionally we have a crop of milfoil (a water weed) or algae: but this is more of a nuisance than a safety issue. Of course, we do have geese and fish and other living creatures all around us, but we consider this a benefit.

Can I bring guests? And what about parties?


Guests are always welcome to accompany you, at the cost of $3.00 per person. Small parties (5-20 guests) can be arranged as long as they are scheduled ahead of time. We do not have space or the parking facilities to accommodate larger parties. We have a patio and clubhouse that can be reserved for you party.

Do you have lifeguards?


We have lifeguards on duty everyday the club is open. They are all certified. The lifeguard schedule is posted and communicated to all members.

What other activities does the club offer?


The club has swimming docks, fishing dock along with a volley ball court and an activities director. The Safety & Rec. Committee will schedule fun events and activities throughout the season. We have an opening day event, swim lessons, movie nights, book club for kids & adults, bonfires, and an annual picnic at the end of the season.

Who runs The Bass Pond Club?


The club is run by members who volunteer their time. Only lifeguards are paid. Occasionally we need to hire outside professionals who would also be paid. The volunteer Board of Directors (up to 16 people) meet regularly throughout the year to oversee and plan the ongoing operations of the club. These volunteers prepare the budget; plan for property management; supervise the lifeguards; and take on both the yearly and the day-to-day tasks that keep the pond running. Board members pay the same dues & have to follow the same rules as any other member.

Other volunteers take on specific tasks, such as property cleanup; painting; organizing events; fund-raising; or consulting to the board in areas of expertise.

All members are required to volunteer in some capacity.


Bass Pond Club, Inc. • 413-782-5173
A Family Friendly Oasis in the Heart of Springfield

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