Family fun for more than 50 years!
Welcome new and returning members for another season of family fun!
Kendbrin Swim & Tennis Club is a family club featuring a 10 lane swimming pool with a diving board, membership included swim & tennis instructional lessons, a kiddie pool, 7 tennis courts, a volleyball court, basketball court, snack bar & dining pavilion, and a playground area. We are now open for the season!
History: 59 years and counting!
Believe it or not, Kendbrin made the front cover of the Providence Sunday Journal’s “Rhode Islander Magazine” on March 3, 1957. Back then Kendbrin was a “lively experiment” in community spirit, much as it is today.
As parents, we well know the hassle of packing up food, drinks, backpacks, diapers, snacks, umbrellas, sun screen, shovels, pails (I could go on), and taking the little ones to the beach for a day. Back in 1954, it occurred to Forrest Leland and his family that there must be better way. He and three other families, the Kervicks, the Quinns, and the Bryants came up with the idea of a neighborhood swim club. The families worked tirelessly through the winter to get their idea off the ground, holding an aggressive recruitment drive for members in Riverside, Barrington, and Rumford. By June of 1955, they had signed up 150 families, 50 short of the desired total, yet a local bank was willing to finance the operation. Fortunately, a contractor and an attorney were among the first families to sign up. The contractor went to work and built the swimming pool, more as a labor of love than for profit. The attorney helped secure the property, get the necessary permits, and set Kendbrin up as a going concern. By August of 1955, Kendbrin’s membership was full, with a waiting list in reserve.
One of the most frequently asked question is “How did Kendbrin get it’s name?” The answer is that they took the Ke from Kervick, the nd from LeLand, the br from Bryant, and the in from Quinn, and came up with the name Kendbrin.
Back then, a family membership cost $255. $150 bought the family three $50 shares in the club, plus a $25 locker deposit, a one-time initiation fee of $40, and $38 in federal taxes. After local taxes, just $42 fell to the bottom line for the club.
Nothing’s changed much, save inflation and additional tax and insurance burdens. And the concept of a neighborhood swim club has not changed since Forrest Leland’s day. There are 250 members in our club, families and individuals, who owe a debt of gratitude to the lawyer, the contractor, and all the good people who have worked, and continue to work, so hard to make Kendbrin a reality, year after year.
Here are just a few highlights of a typical season at Kendbrin!
Championship Swim team.
Whether your child want to swim for fun or for the thrill of real competition, our swim team is the perfect mixture of both!
What’s better than a movie under the stars?
Stay tuned for movie nights, where you can relax under the stars and the kids can enjoy one of their favorite movies.
Kendbrin Family Day.
A highlight of every season, Kendbrin Family day is loaded with fun activities. It is truly a day that is not to be missed!
Meet our team
Meet the 2016 Kendbrin Board of Directors – ready for another great season!
Current board members:
Brian Durkin – President
Jerry Coyne – Vice President
John Allessandro – Treasurer
Jill Sabatine – Secretary
Bill DeWitt – Tennis
Louann Diehl – Swim Team
Sharon D’Antuano – Membership
Jeff Bennett- Board Member
Jason Arnone- Technology
Tim Wolski- Board Member
Jane Govednik- Store
We are always looking for people who are interested in taking on a more active role at Kendbrin! Let us know if you’d like to help!