RECENT ARTICLES
  • Historic Pool Reopens, Rebranding Efforts Continue

    by Jessica Parks; Inquirer Staff Writer June 2015

    A Norristown neighborhood is to be awash in music, splashing, cheers, and laughter Saturday as the historic George Washington Carver Community Center pool is resurrected.

  • City Offers New Swim Lessons for Kids with Disabilities

    by Dianna Smith Special to The Palm Beach Post June 2015

    The Palm Beach Gardens Aquatics Complex has always reached out to every member of its community each year with swim lessons, but this year, officials decided to spend more time focusing on those with disabilities who might need a little extra attention in the pool.

  • California Pools Conserve Elsewhere to Remain Open

    by JANET ZIMMERMAN, STAFF WRITER June 2015

    Families from San Bernardino to Temecula will be able to cool off at their neighborhood pools despite orders from the state to cut water use an average of 25 percent.

  • A First: Lifeguard Shortage Delays City Pool Openings

    by Thomas Gnau May 2015

    Many pools open their gates this Memorial Day weekend to summer fun - and moments of potential danger. As guests wade in, they'll be watched by teams of lifeguards, who are often teens trained to be the difference between life and death when drownings threaten.

  • 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. 

  • Moving Toward a Self-Sustainable Aquatics Funding Model

    by Emily Attwood May 2015

    Of all the municipal recreation programs that suffered budget cuts during the Great Recession, perhaps no area has taken a bigger hit than aquatics. Public pools have never been a profitable line item in recreation budgets, bogged down by expensive initial construction costs and ongoing maintenance needs. Public pools drained their waters left and right to save on operational costs, and even with budgets rebounding, deferred maintenance has caused expenses to increase to the point where many programs have no choice but to close down indefinitely.

  • City Offers $2 Swim Lessons for Low-Income Kids

    by Becky Pallack, Arizona Daily Star April 2015

    Low-income children who live in the city limits can get swimming lessons for $2 this summer. The 2-week classes will be offered in June and July at 18 city pools.

  • Video: An Aquatic Twist on Tug of War

    by Michael Gaio March 2015

    We stumbled upon this video today and felt it was worth sharing with our readers. Shamelessly stealing this from the comments on the YouTube video, let's call it "Tug of Oar."

  • Buffalo-Shaped Pool Draws Variety of Colorado Students

    by Paul Steinbach August 2014

    A small component of the University of Colorado Boulder Student Recreation Center's 300,000-square-foot renovation and expansion produced some fairly substantial debate.

  • Key Considerations When Building a Splash Pad

    by Paul Steinbach August 2014

    They're bubbling up from Texas to Minnesota and from coast to coast as complements to traditional dry playgrounds and existing pools, as well as stand-alone aquatics amenities replacing traditional pools altogether. For many municipalities, both urban and suburban, splash pads offer a simpler, more affordable aquatics recreation alternative.