• How to Structure Spectator Seating in Natatoriums

    by Scott W. Hester May 2015

    Spectator seating, a key component in any competitive venue, can often become a hot-button topic when designing a natatorium. Aspects such as quantity of seats, type of seat, location, spectator viewing angles and many more variables will arise when making these important decisions. While there is some level of subjectivity involved, and expectations can vary widely, these choices can have a significant impact on a facility.

  • Public Pool Investment Rankles School Superintendent

    by Alejandra Matos; Star Tribune (Mpls.-St. Paul) May 2015

    The Minneapolis school board wants the district to spend at least $2 million to help Minneapolis park officials renovate the Phillips Community Pool into an eight-lane facility, offering better access to swimming lessons and competitive swimming programs.

  • Bloomberg's $50M Brooklyn Park Pool Fix Full of Leaks

    by Rich Calder May 2015

    The $50 million renovation of Brooklyn's famed McCarren Park pool complex three years ago left its historic bathhouses plagued by water leaks, a cracking facade and other problems, according to a report obtained by The Post.

  • Mermaid Tails Newest Safety Concern at Canadian Pools

    by Emily Attwood May 2015

    The growing popularity of mermaid tail aquatic accessories has officials in Alberta, Canada, concerned for swimmers’ safety. The tail, popular among young girls in particular, typically consist of brightly colored fabric that covers a swimmer’s legs and ends in a wide fin. 

  • Kids' Triathlon Pool Fails Inspection, Used Anyway

    by Emily Attwood May 2015

    Thousands of children participated in a triathlon this past weekend in Jacksonville, Fla., despite reports that the pool used had failed a health inspection earlier in the week. But that’s okay, event and city officials say.

    As part of the two-day conversion of EverBank Field to host swimming, biking and running for the 7th Annual First Coast Kids Triathlon, a portable pool was constructed on the site. The event was a success, despite reports that swimmers had to be pulled from the pool by lifeguards due to the absence of pool ladders. 

    Because the pool was temporary, city officials say it was not considered a public pool under the state’s Department of Health, and thus was not subject to the same inspection criteria. In particular, the water used for such pools is pumped in and out and not recalculated. 

    “They actually don't have guidelines to monitor portable pools, so we actually work with them to set up a structure that allows us to circulate the water and make sure that it's safe,” event director Tom Gildersleeve told

    Furthermore, while the status of portable pools for city inspection purposes is still a little murky, the event still had to fulfill the guidelines set forth by USA Triathlon. 

    “Our events are all sanctioned by USA Triathlon, which is the governing board underneath the U.S. Olympic Committee so there's a safety protocol we follow,” Gildersleeve said.

    Such pools have been used at other kids triathlon events. Lifeguards were also on hand both in and out of the pool to monitor participants’ safety. 


  • More Questions, Few Answers in Navy SEAL Drownings

    by Dianna Cahn and Lauren King April 2015

    Experts have suggested the two men might have blacked out underwater, which can happen when someone holds his breath too long.

  • Second Navy SEAL Dies After Training Accident in Pool

    by Lauren King April 2015

    Petty Officer 1st Class Brett Allen Marihugh, 34, of Livonia, Mich., died Sunday afternoon of his injuries, according to Lt. David Lloyd, a Naval Special Warfare Group 2 spokesman.

  • The AB Extra: April 17

    by Laura Godlewski April 2015

    The April 17th edition of The AB Extra, the inspiring, quirky or downright weird stories you may have missed this week.

  • Town Will Control Splash Pad Use to Reduce Crowding

    by Jennifer Pignolet 9015292372 April 2015

    Residents across the Mid-South looking to escape the heat with a trip to Collierville’s Johnson Park Splash Pad this summer will have to plan ahead.

  • Anonymous Donation Will Keep City Pools Filled This Summer

    by Laura Godlewski, Athletic Business Intern April 2015

    With a severe drought hitting the southwestern United States, many towns are forced to rethink the way they use available water. Mineral Wells, Tex., was planning on keeping their public pools closed this summer in an effort to conserve water.