• Splash Pad Turns Park into Neighborhood Hangout

    by Michael J. Williams August 2016

    Thanks to a state grant, the city of Lake Elsinore focused on making the park more appealing by sinking $900,000 into it. At $583,000, the splash pad manufactured by Vortex USA is the most expensive of the additions. Yarborough's pad is the city's second. The first one was installed at Canyon Hills park in 2012.

  • Free YMCA Course Teaches Water Safety

    by Kristina Hernandez July 2016

    Teaching confidence in the water is part of a pilot program from the YMCA of the East Valley. Safety Around Water is a free, four-week course that aims to reduce the likelihood of drowning and water-related injuries by teaching children and teens to swim and to learn pool safety and what to do in an emergency.

  • Quiz: Test Your Water Quality Knowledge

    by AB Staff July 2016

    Want to test your pool and hot tub water quality knowledge? Take this five-question quiz based on this article from our July/August 2016 issue, and see what you know about water! 

    Didn't do so hot? Brush up on your water quality knowledge here!

  • Opinion: Pools Important to Community Kids

    by Abilene Reporter-News July 2016

    Friday is the last day the Rose Park outdoor pool will be open. As in, forever. The pool is closing much earlier than usual, even compared to years when lifeguard shortages curtailed the season. It's to get started on a $6 million aquatic park, so that it will open when school is out next spring.

  • Seven Steps to Ensure Proper Pool Water Quality

    by Paul Steinbach July 2016

    This article appeared in the July/August issue of Athletic Business. Athletic Business is a free magazine for professionals in the athletic, fitness and recreation industry. Click here to subscribe.

    Today's commercial swimming pools — whether built for competition, recreation or wellness — are complex operations. And that's before anybody takes the plunge. Add swimmers, each introducing a paper clip's worth of organic material to the water, and you have a recipe for what one pool professional calls "homo sapiens soup." Large bather loads bring even greater challenges to the delicate but critical process of keeping the water clean, disinfected and safe for users.

  • Water Safety: How to Prevent Drownings

    by Daily Herald July 2016

    Drowning is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. On average, 3,533 people die as a result of drowning each year, and most of those deaths are children under the age of 4 who drown in backyard swimming pools. Many drowning deaths are preventable. So, it is vital that parents and children know how to react when someone is struggling in the water. A proper response could save a life.

  • Why LED Lights Are Taking Aquatics Industry by Storm

    by AB Editors July 2016

    The explosion of LED (light emitting diode) technology can be seen through a variety of lenses, but the story is always the same: LEDs are taking over and revolutionizing the lighting industry across the spectrum of applications, including pools, spas and landscaping.

  • Officials Finalizing Plans for $18M Aquatic Center

    by Abby Hobbs July 2016

    The more than 40-year-old Springville pool can no longer meet the needs of the family-dense community that it serves. Springville officials are working hard to finalize plans by Sept. 1 for an $18 million city aquatic center. Construction is set to begin in October. The completed Springville Aquatic Center will cover about six to eight acres, pending final details on the site plan, according to city attorney John Penrod. Plans for the center, created by VCBO Architecture, feature multiple pools, including a 10-lane multiuse pool, a spa, a recreational pool with a current channel, a toddler pool and two slides that will drop swimmers into a "splash down" pool.

  • Mom, Lifeguards Save Toddler from Drowning

    by Viviane Vo-Duc July 2016

    A 3-year-old boy who faced a drowning scare Wednesday at the city pool is home from the hospital, and he has the quick action of his mother and two lifeguards to thank for saving his life.

  • Sensory-Deprivation Tank Helps Football Players Heal

    by Tim May July 2016

    What looked to be a giant white egg in a corner of a room in Ohio State's Woody Hayes Athletic Center cracked open the other morning, a soft-blue light shining forth before linebacker Craig Fada arose from within and stepped out.