Sherwood Pool is a family-oriented, private pool located in the heart of historic Ardmore. Our swim team, the Sherwood Sharks, has won Greater Forsyth Swim League (GFSL) and city championship titles consistently over the past decade. Our membership, drawing from neighborhoods throughout Winston-Salem, is a diverse mix of newcomers to our city as well as the children and grandchildren of charter members.
Sherwood Pool is a private membership association and is limited to 250 families. Families purchase memberships in the Sherwood Pool and pay an annual membership fee. Although a waiting list is maintained, several vacancies are usually filled each year. All applicants must have a referral from at least one current association member. By maintaining a limited membership base, our pool remains a tightly knit swim community.
Our membership, drawing from neighborhoods throughout Winston-Salem, is a diverse mix of newcomers to our city as well as the children and grandchildren of charter members.
Our roots are planted in the mid-sixties when local community pools were growing in popularity. We understand that a group of residents of the Ardmore neighborhood decided to form a corporation for the purpose of providing:
Recreation and gathering places for children
Community centered activities and social events for the adults
Facilities for swimming and water safety instruction[/li]
In the mid 1970’s, it was decided that forming a swim team would provide additional benefit to the member families, so Sherwood partnered with several other pools in the area to form Greater Forsyth Swim League. While the league started as a swim and dive league, it has evolved into a group of very competitive youth summer league swim teams. Diving competitions in the league ended in the 1980’s.
While the initial planning group was working on the concept of how to put together this idea, Mr. E. J. Disher made a generous offer in 1967 by setting up a perpetual trust on two acres. Because of his donation, it was decided to name the corporation in his honor, hence our corporate name of “E.J. Disher Community Park”.
The land donated by Mr. Disher was developed by mainly volunteer efforts into our current community pool facilities. The initial 82 families have grown to our current 240+ family base. While we have a paid staff of pool manager and life guards, volunteers continue to be the “backbone” that keeps maintenance costs low and manages swim team operations and also provides governance through our Board of Directors.
Our swim team, known as the “Sherwood Sharks”, is formed around age groupings of children starting with ‘6 and under’ up to age 18. They compete in area swim meets within the Greater Forsyth Swim League and an annual “City Meet” and are coached by a part-time staff. We continue the tradition of supporting competitive youth activities and are currently the league champions.
Over the past few years, we have grown our property by purchasing small contiguous parcels to be able to increase parking and provide additional facilities without losing our natural environment.
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Sherwood Pool provides the following for its members’ comfort: