• Are Artificial Wave Pools the Future of Surfing?

    by Laylan Connelly, The Orange County Register August 2015

    For decades, engineers have been noodling with water and huge pistons and pumps and shifting cement blocks, trying to create sur able waves in places (the forests of Wales, inland Texas, Irvine and a few hundred other non-ocean properties) where waves aren't indigenous.

  • Neighbor of Aquatic Center Says Y Breached Agreement

    by Steven Matthews August 2015

    The man claims the YMCA has not complied with the management agreement and has had a "consistent pattern of poor performance" the last four years, the letter says.

  • Murky Water Concerns Close Five Providence Pools

    by Jason Scott August 2015

    Safety concerns prompted city officials in Providence, R.I. to close the city’s five public pools on Friday, the day before a four-day heat wave struck the city.

    The Providence Journal reports that Evan England, the mayor’s press secretary, said that heavy rains during the week offset the chemical balance of the pool water. This caused calcium in the water to crystalize into a substance called scale. Scale crystals are too small for pool filters to remove, and lingered in the pool making the water cloudy.

  • Plastic Fiber in Toronto Pool May Be Public Health Risk

    by Jason Scott August 2015

    Plastic fibers from a fraying pool liner found floating in the popular Alex Duff outdoor swimming pools at Toronto’s Christie Pits could pose a risk public safety.

  • Residents Ask for Maximum Features in Spray Park

    by Tim Hrenchir. August 2015

    The idea of putting as many features as possible into a soon-to-be-built water spray park made a big splash among Topekans at a public meeting Wednesday evening at Hillcrest Community Center.

  • Non-Resident Fee Eases Crowding at Spray Park

    by John Stamm, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tennessee) July 2015

    Milena Salamida beamed as she entered the gate to Collierville’s Johnson Spray Park and saw only two children playing. “This is awesome,” said the Collierville mother. “Last summer it was so packed, we never came back.”

  • Six Steps to Creating an Aquatic Preventive Maintenance Plan

    by Emily Attwood July 2015

    As summer temperatures climb across the country, so too does attendance at recreational pools. Especially for seasonal-use pools, the apex of summer presents a peak in revenues. It's also about the worst possible time to have to shut down for unexpected repairs. But for facilities with a preventive-maintenance plan in place, it's nothing to sweat over.

  • First Naturally Filtered Pool in U.S. Opens in Minnesota

    by Laura Godlewski July 2015

    Following months of delays and years of planning, the Webber Park Natural Swimming Pool, the first naturally filtered swimming pool in the U.S., opened to the public in Minneapolis. Planning for the project started 10 years ago and construction on the $6 million facility began in 2013. 

  • Spray Plaza Looks to Reopen After Second Resurfacing

    by Kirk Brown, Anderson Independent-Mail (South Carolina) July 2015

    City officials are hoping that Carolina Wren Park’s spray plaza will reopen in time for the weekly Piedmont Natural Gas Block Party on Thursday evening.

  • Incidents at Pools Draw Attention to Breastfeeding Laws

    by Laura Godlewski July 2015

    Two mothers in different parts of the country hope that their experiences while breastfeeding at public pools will help educate others about breastfeeding laws.