Contact Us

Mailing Address
PO Box 17179
Cincinnati, Ohio 45217

Physical Address
53 Clinton Springs Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45217

Phone Number
513-281-1499 (answered only during the season)

Email Addresses

President: Tom Kendall president@clintonhills.com
Vice President: Louie Schneider * vp@clintonhills.com
Treasurer: Justin Stone treasurer@clintonhills.com
Secretary: Sarah Koucky secretary@clintonhills.com
Communication: Sarah Rich communications@clintonhills.com
Social: Laren Amos social@clintonhills.com
Facilities: Keith Fryer facilities@clintonhills.com
Swim Team Chair: Chris Norris * dolphins@clintonhills.com
Technology: Eric Thompson technology@clintonhills.com
Tennis Chair: Nicole Reblando * tennis@clintonhills.com
Trustee: Tom Beridon trustee@clintonhills.com
Trustee: Susie MacDonell * sports@clintonhills.com
Swim Team Coach: Scott Fortier
Pool Manager: Erin Sprague manager@clintonhills.com
SwimSafe Regional Manager:

Seth Jansen

seth@swimsafe.com
Club Administrator: Tricia Renneker admin@clintonhills.com

* – Sports Committee (sports@clintonhills.com)

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Water Polo Team

Overview

Water Polo will return in July 2020…stay tuned for more details.

Queen City Water Polo will return to Clinton Hills for ages 11-18! Queen City is a team dedicated to teaching the sport of water polo while developing individual skills and a team atmosphere. We are a grassroots team founded by players who want to spread their love of the game.

The sport of water polo is still very young in the city of Cincinnati but has a presence on the east side and at several high schools as well as the collegiate club and masters club level. The main component for the growth of water polo is the access to pools. A majority of the pools available on the west side of Cincinnati are only available in the summer. The goal of this initiative is to present the sport of water polo to an unexposed demographic of Cincinnati for the promotion of youth sport as well as the sport of water polo.

For questions, email Keira: waterpolo@clintonhills.com

Season: Early June – Late July

Ages: This co-ed program will be for ages 11-18. Water polo is a contact sport and has some complex components, both from the standpoint of learning the rules of the game, but also the physiological aspect of the body moving through the water. In addition, by the age of 11, most participants will be able, on average, to grasp the concepts of the game and will be less at risk of injury.

Practice Times: Monday and Wednesday nights 8:00pm-9:15 pm. This way there is no interference with swim practice, swim meets, and minimal interference with the regular pool hours.

Scrimmages: Saturday mornings, at North Hills Swim Club from 9-11am.

Fee: $50

Coach: Keira Hassel will be heading up our Clinton Hills team for Queen City Water Polo rec league. Besides being a very accomplished swimmer, Keira has played water polo locally for Sycamore Aviators and currently for Miami University’s Water Polo team. She will be coaching along with Xavier University’s Water Polo team at Clinton Hills. Queen City Water Polo is created as a community based rec league, and Clinton Hills team will be scrimmaging against other local pools on Saturday mornings.

Join our co-ed water polo team for ages 11 to 18

Guest Passes

Guest passes are $5 each. One pass is required for each guest over the age of 3 (children under 3 are free).

About Us

After winding your way up the driveway, surrounded by trees, the setting will make you forget that you are minutes away from a busy city. Our facilities are beautifully maintained and our staff is the friendliest you’ll meet anywhere.

Nestled on a private, wooded spot in North Avondale, Clinton Hills Swim Club offers something for everyone:

  • A five-lane, 25-meter pool with adjoining areas for diving and instruction
  • baby pool
  • tennis clinics for adults and children
  • weekly volleyball matches on our sand court
  • an active swim team and free swim lessons
  • weekly adult nights
  • decks with gas grills for private parties

We are professionally managed by SwimSafe Pool Management, and have an active board of directors who volunteer their time to ensure Clinton Hills is a safe, fun environment.  Our membership reflects the diversity of North Avondale and its surrounding community.

Our membership currently has a Wait List, so we recommend signing up soon if you are interested in joining our club.

History of CHSC

Clinton Hills Swim Club atop a verdant, wooded aerie in the heart of the city, is a popular summer retreat for residents and families in North Avondale, as well as the surrounding communities stretching out to Northside and beyond.  Along with tennis courts and volleyball facilities, the club may not offer the types of bells and whistles and cart wheeling clowns seen in suburban water parks, but the success, durability and colorful, free wheeling membership ranks more than make up for a lack of water slides.

How Clinton Hills got its start, however, is an interesting story of grass roots activism and neighborhood pride in what was then an era of shrinking cities and suburban flight.  Beginning in the late 1950’s, according to Peggy Solonick, one of the founding members, unscrupulous real estate agents were canvassing the neighborhood and encouraging families to sell their houses and “get out of North Avondale as fast as they could.” The agents painted a rosy picture of suburban post-war “Leave it to Beaver” bliss as contrasted to the creeping urban decay they claimed was at the doorstep.  Many North Avondale residents disregarded such tactics, recognizing that the history and beauty of their city neighborhood could not be replicated in a suburban cul-de-sac.

At this time, swim clubs had opened in Clifton, Wyoming and Anderson.  Solonick contacted the recently opened Clifton Meadows swim club, but was informed that residents of Avondale were “not allowed.”  Shortly thereafter, she and her husband Jim, a real estate lawyer for Federated Department Stores, hatched a plan with neighbors Bob and Mimi Katz to launch their own swim club.  As Jim Solonick noted “This was a time when many people were fleeing the close-in suburbs for places farther away from the city.  Part of our motivation for building a swim club was to give those who lived in Avondale another very good reason not to leave.”  As a real estate attorney, Solonick negotiated a deal for a tree covered parcel of 14 acres on Clinton Springs…seemingly rural, but just a block or so east of Vine Street, and four or so miles from Fountain Square.

The organizing families then went door to door seeking buy-in from neighborhood families, a stark contrast to the fear being peddled by the real estate agents.  The responses were overwhelming, as 250 families paid $400 each to help fund the acquisition and construction costs.   There were even donors who had no interest in being part of the pool, but just wanted to see the neighborhood preserved, and recognized that providing these types of amenities was a solid way to accomplish that goal.  As Jim Solonick noted, one of the great joys was in “returning those $400 checks every one of the non-swimmers, because we didn’t need the money.”

While raising funds for the pool proved to be relatively simple, navigating the turbulent social and cultural currents of the early 1960’s provided to be somewhat trickier.  In particular, the issue of integration was first and foremost on many people’s minds, and North Avondale, as a middle to upper class neighborhood undergoing integration, was clearly a crucible for the issue.  While the Clinton Hills by-laws contained no such restrictions, there were no African American families on the opening membership roster in 1960.  Children in the neighborhood may have played and gone to school together, but some residents did not want them swimming together.  According to Peggy Solonick, at the time funds were raised to build the pool, “half the people said they would leave if [the pool] was integrated and half said they would leave if it wasn’t.”  But this type of thinking was rapidly evolving, and after a series of sometimes contentious meetings, the club determined that, ultimately, twice as many members were in favor of integration as opposed it.  As a result, the club became the first privately integrated swim club in the region.

All distant history, perhaps. But not so distant that it cannot still inform the present.  Clinton Hills now provides a distinct, yet inclusive urban oasis for all families in the heart of the city.  This is notable, as commentators have observed recent demographic trends indicating that the suburban flight directions have reversed.  In the wake of the “Great Recession,” educated young professionals, the “creative class,” as well as families, are eschewing the opportunity to live in a converted corn field in the sprawl burbs in favor of more close-in urban settings.

Clinton Hills, which was founded almost 60 years ago in response to the original suburban flight, remains ready and willing to accept the offspring of the former residents who fled the city in the first place….and, ironically enough, lead to the club’s creation.

The circle is complete. Now jump in the pool.

Written by CASEY COSTON for SOAPBOX CINCINNATI in 2010 (link to original article) with minor edits to dates/etc for this website.

Find out how to become a member and join us at Clinton Hills Swim Club

53 Clinton Springs Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45217

Membership Information


Family Membership

Summer Dues: $655 + tax

Initiation Fee: $500 + tax, spread out over 3 years.
• Year 1: $100 + tax in addition to Membership dues
• Year 2: $200 + tax in addition to Membership dues
• Year 3: $200 + tax in addition to Membership dues

2020 Assessment: $400 for all family memberships joining in 2020, in addition to Summer Dues and Initiation Fee.

An example breakdown can be found below. Please note the membership does occasionally vote to increase dues, so this below example does not take that into account and is an example only.

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