Video: 2014 Facilities of Merit Preview
by Michael Gaio August 2014
The Architectural Showcase is always one of the highlights of the year here at Athletic Business. We invite architects, builders, consultants and facility owners to submit their best work from the previous three years. The difficult part is choosing just 10 of these outstanding facilities to earn the honor of being recognized as our Facilities of Merit.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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."