Seattle-Area Pools Drained But Not Defeated
by Michael Popke July 2010
An aging infrastructure and severe budget cuts are combining to drain swimming pools in and around Seattle. While this situation is not unique to the Emerald City, it is spurred by a King County bond measure passed by local voters 42 years ago. Known as "Forward Thrust," the measure paid for the construction of several bunker-like concrete pools in the 1970s with little in the way of amenities. As The Seattle Times reports today, those bonds, which required the pools to stay open for 40 years, are expiring - and so are the pools. "It's just worn out," Craig Larsen, Redmond's parks and recreation director, told reporter Nicole Tsong, referring to that city's only public pool, which is now closed for major repairs. Larsen is hopeful the indoor facility will reopen in September - but even then, the city will need to set aside approximately $100,000 a year to subsidize the pool's operation.
Iowa Pool's Underwater Lights Off When Boys Drowned
by Michael Popke July 2010
Two teenagers who drowned at the Pella (Iowa) Aquatic Center last week were swimming at night in a pool that did not have working underwater lights. The Des Moines Register reports that the lights have been shut off for about four years while city officials pursued a lawsuit against the company they claim improperly installed the fixtures.
10 Steps to Managing Critical Incidents at Commercial Pools
by Michael Popke June 2010
Following 10 important steps before, during and after a critical incident can keep swimmers safe and aquatic facility operators out of legal trouble.
Collegiate Aquatic Centers Designed to Accommodate High-Activity Usage
by Steve Crocker and Michelle Schwartz October 2009
Collegiate aquatic centers are increasingly incorporating design elements and equipment that accommodate high-activity usage.
Facility of Merit Judging - Second Day
by Andrew Cohen September 2009
Dateline Chicago - A very hard-working group of panelists this year, the first in my 19 years of involvement in the Facility of Merit judging to require pushing back our dinner reservation to 9 p.m. They've lent credence to this photo, which an architect friend sent me years ago:
Reopening of Aquatics Center Reenergizes New Orleans Swim Programs
by Nicholas Brown August 2009
The reopening of the University of New Orleans campus aquatics center has reenergized local swim programs.
Cash-Strapped High Schools Struggle to Keep Pools Open
by Michael Popke July 2009
As aging high school pools fall into disrepair, cash-strapped districts either are partnering with other entities to keep facilities afloat or deciding to shut them down.
Green Becomes Welcome Adjective in Aquatics Industry
by Michael Popke June 2009
Once used only to describe algae contamination, green has become a welcome adjective in the aquatics industry.
How to Prevent and Remove Scale from Swimming Pools
by Nicholas Brown May 2009
Four methods for the prevention and removal of calcium-based scale and deposits in pool shells.
Pool Water Chlorination Mitigates Potential for Recreational Waterborne Illness
by Randy Mendioroz February 2009
Sensible and informed pool-water chlorination is the most cost-effective and user-friendly way to mitigate the potential for recreational water illnesses.