• Committee Works to Keep Aquatic Center on Budget

    by Monica Kreber August 2016

    Committee members have a wish list of what they want to see in Dorchester District 2's future aquatic center though they're going to need to condense that list to keep everything within budget.

  • District Celebrates Natatorium Opening

    by Aaron Gabriel August 2016

    Before even the first official practice could be held, aquatically oriented folks from throughout Dist. 214 gathered in Mt. Prospect on Monday night to celebrate a big victory. The occasion was grand — the dedication ceremony for the Prospect Natatorium. After dignitaries from Prospect and the district recognized the key players responsible for the pool, a mass ribbon-cutting ushered in a new era in aquatics in the Mid-Suburban East.

  • Slide That Boy Died On Lacked State Oversight

    by Jim Suhr August 2016

    The Kansas City, Kan., water slide where a 10-year-old boy died Sunday had not been inspected by the state since it opened two years ago, government records show.

  • Boy Dies on Giant Waterpark Slide

    by Spokesman Review August 2016

    The son of a Kansas state lawmaker died Sunday on a water slide that is billed as the world's largest, according to officials and the boy's family.

  • 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.