Membership application

Come enjoy the family friendly CCRA Pool and Tennis Club with your neighbors!

Click here to apply for the CCRA Waiting List for Permanent Membership.  

Click here for the Boundaries to be eligible for Permanent Membership. The sooner you apply, the faster you start moving up the waiting list. 


Annual Membership Meeting
was held November 14, 2019.
All items up for vote were approved by an overwhelming majority of ballot submissions. Thank you for your participation.

Raft Night at CCRA
The Pools and Cafe will open again on Saturday, May 23, 2020. 

The tennis courts are available for member play all year; however, CCRA does not remove snow or ice from the courts or the parking lot during the winter months. Be sure that you have your electronic key fob to enter the courts. The single tennis bathroom is normally closed from mid December through the end of February.

Please be respectful of the adjacent neighborhood by driving slowing when you approach or leave CCRA. Be on the look out for children and other pedestrians in the neighborhood and in our parking lots. Thank you!

CCRA families click here for instructions about how to sign into the private side of this website


chevy chase café 
Café Opens Saturday, May 23, 2020.

Be sure to call Mike for your catering needs year round. 

Phone 240-277-4767

Click here to view the regular menu.

Credit Cards accepted with a $10 minimum.

Only food purchased from the cafe may be eaten at the cafe patio tables or in the screened pavilion.


Click Here for Fall 2019 Adult & Junior Programs

Final 2019 Tennis Scrambles on Labor Day Monday, September 2. Contact Betsy for details. Limited to 16 participants.

Click here for the 2019 Racket Sport Calendar.

Click here for Junior & Adult Tennis Program Registration.

Click here for Adult Pickleball Programs, Clinics & Lessons.

Click here to email Betsy.

Click here for the Tennis Court Rules.

Online Tennis Reservations 

Click here to Book a Court up to three days in advance.

Click here for Detailed Court Reservation Instructions.



Please do not park on the ROADWAY between the two parking lots. overflow PARKing, only after both lots are full, is AT YOUR OWN RISK, IN THE GRASSY M-NCPPC PARK AREA JUST BEFORE THE MAIN CCRA PARKING LOT. IF THERE HAS BEEN TOO MUCH RAIN, YOU WILL GET STUCK & WE DO NOT WANT you TO DAMAGE your car or THE PARK TURF. We do try to rope it off when conditions are too wet to park.

thank you for taking care of the park so that we may continue to use it in future years.

CLICK HERE for Membership Application online submission form.

2020 Annual Dues Notices & Waiting List Letters-Printable PDF Copies:

CCRA Annual Dues Notices will be sent via postal mail by February 7th. Click Here for an informational copy of last year's notice.

Click Here for a copy of the signature card. Everyone must fill in & sign a new card each year.

Click here if you would like to add other guest & Caregiver fees to pay online.

Click here to access your My Statement link for payments.

New Permanent Member offers mailed by February 19.

Click Here for a copy of the invoice for New Permanent member fees.

Be sure to submit a new online application with 2 sponsors, but no fee.

Click Here for the online application that New Permanent Members must submit.

Waiting List mailing for ranking limited use choices for 2020 will be mailed via the postal service by February 7.  Click Here for an informational copy of last year's  letter.

Click Here for post card with format for ranking your choices.

2020 Limited Use Offers will be emailed by March 27/28. Be sure to check your spam folder!

Click here for a copy of the Signature Card. Everyone must fill in & sign a new card each year.

Click here if you would like to pay dues through your My Statement link.

Click here to fill out form for additional fees to pay online.


Click here for a copy of the Full Summer Offer Letter.

Click here for a copy of the Full Summer Invoice.

Click here for a copy of the Combination Offer Letter.

Click here for a copy of the Combination Use Invoice.

Click here for a copy of the Weekday Offer Letter.

Click here for a copy of the Weekday Invoice.

Click here for a copy of the Partial Summer Letter.

Click here for a copy of the Partial Summer Invoice.


 Summer 2019 Partial Summer use is Still available for this summer. please apply now and begin moving up the list towards Permanent membership!

Come cool off at CCRA 

If you're interested in becoming a member at CCRA, please click here


CCRA: Historic Property  
By Jill Wechsler Nelson

It is no accident that the Chevy Chase Recreation Association is such a beautifully landscaped and bucolic property. Before it became a neighborhood swim and tennis facility in 1959, it was part of a 34-acre estate developed by Dr. David Fairchild in the early 1900s and home to some of the first Japanese cherry trees in the Washington area. Fairchild House and its garden, which is part of the CCRA five-acre site, are on the Montgomery County List of Historic Places. Some of the trees are unique and more than 100 years old.

Dr. Fairchild, who was a noted botanist and “plant explorer” at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, began to develop a garden on the site in 1906. There he planted rare and exotic trees and shrubs gathered from all over the world. In 1910 he built a house, then called “In the Woods,” which was noted for its unusual openness to the outdoors and its oriental influence.

Fairchild was born in 1869 in Michigan and joined USDA in 1889 as a botanist in the plant pathology section. His work involved searching the world for plants of economic and aesthetic value that might be cultivated in the U.S. He organized and led USDA’s Office of Foreign Seed and Plant Introduction, and in the 1890s he was involved in establishing a laboratory in Miami to study tropical plants and diseases. Fairchild later helped lead the effort to establish a national park in the southern Everglades.

Fairchild’s global travels took him to Japan in 1902 where he was impressed by the beauty of the flowering cherry trees lining waterways and streets. After Fairchild married Marian Hubbard Bell, the daughter of Alexander Graham Bell, in 1903 and settled with his growing family in Chevy Chase, he began to import and plant cherry trees on his property. The trees were hardy and thrived, so Fairchild ordered 300 trees for the Chevy Chase area, donating many to schools and park areas. These efforts caught the eye of first lady Helen Taft and others who were interested in beautifying the land around Washington’s Tidal Basin and along the Potomac River. The first of several thousand Japanese cherry trees were planted in 1912, and an historic marker notes Fairchild’s involvement in the effort.

“In the Woods,” later Fairchild House, was well known in Washington in the early part of the 20th century. Alexander Graham Bell often visited and used a small laboratory-workshop that the Fairchilds built for him overlooking Rock Creek, and Mrs. Fairchild’s brother-in-law, Gilbert Grosvenor of the National Geographic Society, visited regularly. During World War I it was leased to Secretary of War Newton Baker and frequently visited by President Woodrow Wilson. In 1918 Herbert Hoover rented it to protect his family from the influenza epidemic. In 1927, poor health prompted the Fairchilds to move permanently to Florida, and the house was sold to Dr. E.A. Merritt, a local radiologist who was also an amateur botanist and interested in azalea hybridizing. He added many azaleas to the garden and continued to propagate Fairchild’s cherry trees.

After Merritt’s death, his widow moved out and leased the house to the U.S. Army during World War II for a secret project. In 1954 she leased the house to her good friend, Bertha Belt, who wanted to expand her “Outdoor Nursery School” which she had started in her home on Meadow Lane in Chevy Chase in 1933.

In the early 1950s, Chevy Chase resident John Thurston organized an effort to establish a neighborhood swimming pool. He convinced several neighbors to join in creating CCRA and became its first president, and they spent several years searching for an appropriate property. When a potential site on Brookville Road fell through, Thurston heard about the Fairchild Estate and recognized that it would be the perfect home for the project. Thurston and Ray Jager approached Mrs. Merritt about selling the estate. They reached a final agreement on the condition that the Outdoor Nursery School would be able to rent the house for the next ten years.

Construction on the pool and bathhouse began that spring, and the pool opened on May 28, 1960. The facility consisted of a pool house with changing rooms and showers for men and women; a large pool with deep-water diving area and shallow play area for young swimmers; and a kiddie pool for very young children.

Over the next fifty years, CCRA expanded considerably by adding tennis courts and other equipment, reflecting the community’s growing interest in summer sports. In 1994, CCRA turned storage space in the bathhouse into a kitchen to create a poolside café that provides food and beverages and encourages all-day use of the facility. A 25-meter regulation-length, heated pool for lap swimming was completed in 2000. That has given rise to a very sizeable and active swim team that competes in the Montgomery County Swim League. The Outdoor Nursery School continues to rent Fairchild House, where it has educated generations of Washington families.

When the bathhouse began to show signs of wear and decline after 40 years, the CCRA board began to explore options for renovation. After much analysis they determined that it would be more economical and practical to tear down the old facility and replace it with a more modern and well-designed structure that would meet current safety and access standards as well as historic preservation requirements. The replacement project was completed during the winter of 2009-2010, and despite record snow and cold, the new facility opened in May 2010, 50 years after the first CCRA structure. In addition to a more spacious bathhouse and reception area, CCRA gained a new guard and pool house in a style complementary to the new bathhouse; a modern kiddie pool with fountains and sloped entry; and a renovated kitchen and screened-in pavilion that allows members to enjoy meals without having to fight the elements and provides shelter from sudden storms. The tennis courts were resurfaced and support a greatly expanded tennis program. Much attention was paid to landscaping the area so that it retains the beauty and variety originally created by Dr. Fairchild.