Courtesy Meg Connolly

Maywood Village officials, community leaders and West Cook YMCA board members and staff gathered on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 to formally open Maywood’s Fred Hampton Family Aquatic Center for Center’s first full swim season in many years.

Under an agreement between the Village of Maywood and the West Cook YMCA, the aquatic center at 300 Fred Hampton Way will be managed and operated by the YMCA for the balance of the summer through Tuesday, September 3.

“The opening of the pool and aquatic facilities for the season, especially after a year’s hiatus, is a real cause for celebration for all members of the community who enjoy swimming in an outdoor pool and for the West Cook YMCA which has a long history of operating aquatic programs and properties,” said Jan Pate, president and CEO of the West Cook YMCA, which serves Maywood and nine other west suburban communities.

“We’re pleased to have the opportunity to serve the people of Maywood again this year, for this is another example of how the YMCA operates outside of its own walls to respond to a community need,” she said.

“Our productive partnership with Maywood means that for the first time in many years, swimmers of all ages can enjoy a full summer swim season at the Fred Hampton Family Aquatic Center’s pool,” said Kim Polk, West Cook YMCA’s Aquatics Director, who will supervise the Center’s staff.

“It’s wonderful that the West Cook YMCA can once again ensure that kids, families and seniors in Maywood will have an enjoyable summer of swimming in the Fred Hampton Family Aquatic Center’s pool. This partnership between the Village of Maywood and the Y is a splendid example of the intersection of the YMCA’s missions to advance healthy living youth development and social responsibility,” said David Phelps, West Cook YMCA board chairman.

The Fred Hampton Family Aquatic Center will be open daily through Tuesday, September 3. Check the West Cook YMCA’s web site for hours or contact Kim Polk, Aquatic Director, 708.434.0220.

In addition to public swim hours, the aquatic center will also provide swim lessons, host day care camps and morning lap hours.

The Daily fee schedule is as follows:

$3 Youth ages 10 – 17
$6 Adult ages 18 – 54
$4 Adult ages 55+
$8 Family of 3
$10 Family of 4

Seasonal Passes, according to the following schedule, can be purchased at the Pool as of May 27 and at the West Cook YMCA, online @ or by phone 708.383.5200.

$40 Maywood Youth
$60 non-resident Youth
$50 Maywood Adult
$70 non-resident Adult
$80 Maywood Family
$100 non-resident Family

Group Rates for swim parties and lessons are available. Contact Kim Polk for details at 708.234.0220

About the West Cook YMCA

Annually, the West Cook YMCA touches the lives of more than 10,000 residents of Oak Park, River Forest, Forest Park, Bellwood, Elmwood Park, Franklin Park, Maywood, Melrose Park, River Grove and Stone Park. The YMCA builds strong collaborative relationships that improve the quality of life in these communities by conducting more than 100 weekly programs and classes either inside the YMCA or through outreach as a “YMCA without walls, such as operating the Village of Maywood aquatic center.