RECENT ARTICLES
  • Buffalo-Shaped Pool Draws Variety of Colorado Students

    by Paul Steinbach August 2014

    A small component of the University of Colorado Boulder Student Recreation Center's 300,000-square-foot renovation and expansion produced some fairly substantial debate.

  • Three Shocked by Electric Current, Philly Pool Shut Down

    by Rexford Sheild August 2014

    Experiencing weather between 70 and 80 degrees on Friday, some Philadelphia residents were not able to enjoy one city-owned pool. Three children were reportedly shocked by an electrical current running through the water, prompting O'Connor Pool to be shut down temporarily. 

  • After Toddler Drowning, City Opts for Shrubs, Not Fence

    by Jose Patino Girona, Tribune staff August 2014

    One year ago, 2-year-old Armani Pierce was found by a Tampa police dive team in about six feet of water off an algae-covered bank on the Hillsborough River at Temple Crest Park. The family was at the park for football practice for his brother and cheerleading practice for his sister. The toddler drowned after slipping from his mother's sight.

  • Voters to Decide Fate of $13.5M Indoor Aquatic Center

    by Safiya Merchant smerchant@dailyherald.com August 2014

    Glen Ellyn Park District voters will get the chance in November to decide if they want to pay for construction of an indoor aquatic center.

  • Community Center Begins $20.9M Pool Reonvation

    by KELLY SMITH; STAFF WRITER, STAR TRIBUNE (Mpls.-St. Paul) August 2014

    After years of planning and failed public funding requests, the project to replace the center's 30-year-old pool and add two eight-lane lap pools is underway, with crews working this summer on a 32,000-square-foot addition.

  • Key Considerations When Building a Splash Pad

    by Paul Steinbach August 2014

    They're bubbling up from Texas to Minnesota and from coast to coast as complements to traditional dry playgrounds and existing pools, as well as stand-alone aquatics amenities replacing traditional pools altogether. For many municipalities, both urban and suburban, splash pads offer a simpler, more affordable aquatics recreation alternative.

  • Lifeguard Pot Use One Reason Behind Pool Vendor Firing

    by Brian Lee August 2014

    On-the-job marijuana use was one of six reasons the town gave for firing an out-of-state vendor 13 months into a three-year contract to manage the state-owned, town-run pool on Randolph Street.

  • Pool Fumes Hospitalize 22 Near Montreal

    by Andrew Brandt July 2014

    Fumes coming from a public pool just outside of Montreal sent 22 people to the hospital Tuesday afternoon.

  • Planning, Training Key to Protecting Aquatic Venues

    by Dennis Van Milligen July 2014

    Editor's note: This story originally appeared in Sports Venue Safety, a new supplement to Athletic Business. View the entire Sports Venue Safety digital issue here.

    Sean Sepela has spent most of his life around water — as a swimmer, certified lifeguard, swim coach, and currently as the aquatics operations manager at George Mason University. As Sepela has immersed himself deeper into the aquatics world, he has recognized the evolving challenges aquatic facilities are facing today compared to years past. "There are a lot more concerns today compared to when I first started," he says. "Those 'what-if' situations we simply thought about years ago must be evaluated, assessed and trained for to ensure the safety of our swimmers and the facility itself."

  • Weekly 'Fountainside' Splash Park Event Still Growing

    by Ken Gordon, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH July 2014

    Music pulses through the public-address system in Bicentennial Park, but the squeals of happy children create the soundtrack to the city's Fountainside events. On a recent Wednesday, scores of youngsters frolicked in the streams of water that spurt from the splash park's collection of fountains.