• Aquatics Facility Expansion Takes Advantage of Geothermal Energy

    by Joe Bush June 2011

    Mike Pollocoff, the village manager in Pleasant Prairie, Wis., takes a lot of pride in never having had to levy a tax to pay capital costs or debt service on his 305,000-square-foot recreation center, the RecPlex, through its construction and two additions.

  • How to Identify Risks at Aquatic Facilities

    by Shawn DeRosa February 2011

    An in-house safety team can help keep patrons out of harm's way.

  • Model Health Code Making Waves in the Aquatics Industry

    by Nicholas Brown January 2011

    A former manager of aquatics for the state of Wisconsin's health department, Tracynda Davis has inspected her fair share of recreational pools, and she knows all too well how pool operators respond to notifications of code violations.

  • AB Conference: No Drownings Allowed

    by Michael Popke December 2010

    Jim Wheeler is tired of saying the right thing. The recreation services manager for San Francisco Recreation & Parks stirred the water at the Athletic Business Conference on Friday when he proclaimed: "Nobody should drown in a lifeguarded pool."

  • Cutting-Edge Strategies Make Oregon Aquatics Center Model for Sustainability

    by Nicholas Brown October 2010

    Cutting-edge approaches to conserving water and energy have made an Oregon aquatics center a model for sustainability.

  • Strict Usage Rules are Designed to Prevent Drowning Accidents

    by Nicholas Brown August 2010

    Strict usage rules at one city's pools are designed to prevent drowning accidents among children.

  • Advances in Dehumidification Efforts Target Chloramines

    by Michael Popke July 2010

    Advances in dehumidification efforts target chloramines and other gases that leave aquatics facility patrons gasping for breath.

  • 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.