• Air Duct Accident Closes Fitness Center Pool

    by Jason Scott April 2016

    The pool area at Choice Fitness Center in Grand Forks, N.D., was closed over the weekend after a 60-foot section of a heating and cooling air duct fell from the ceiling.

  • City Reaches Settlement in Splash Pad Sewage Case

    by Jason Scott March 2016

    A dispute over a 2013 splash pad renovation could be drawing to an end as Traverse City, Mich., commissioners accepted a settlement for $300,000. The city blamed the firm Hamilton Anderson Associates for design flaws that led to water contaminated with sewage to rain down on children.

  • Water Park on Track for May Opening After $1.7M Upgrade

    by Vince Townley March 2016

    As the calendar turns to March and thoughts begin to turn to warmer days ahead, contractors in Cranberry are working to make sure residents have a cool place to go when the temperatures start to climb.

  • City Seeks Solutions for Pool Shortage

    by Victoria Bourne March 2016

    As many as 80 swimmers a season have tried out for the Nansemond River High School swim team in recent years. But only about 40 make the team. Coach Shamus Riley said he’d love to take them all. But in a city with just one public pool – an outdoor one – the team practices at the YMCA on Taylor Road in Chesapeake, where it can reserve only two to three lanes for an hour twice a day. The year Riley took 50 swimmers, he said, the children spent too much time sitting around, waiting to swim.

  • Report: School Pools Costly, Buddy System Could Help

    by Zoe Peterson February 2016

    It is too expensive to require every school to have a pool for swimming lessons, a state group looking at the issue has concluded. The group reports that it would cost more than $550 million to provide pools and lessons for all public school students.

  • Choosing the Right Aquatic Amenity to Upgrade Your Facility

    by Emily Attwood September 2015

    Most recreational aquatic facilities built in recent years take their cue from waterparks, designing facilities complete with waterslides, lazy rivers, wave pools and a list of other attractions designed to, well, attract more users and more revenue. Older facilities with few or none of these frills face tough choices to stay competitive in such a market. Short of investing tens of millions into a new facility, smarter, smaller investments can pump new interest into an otherwise disadvantaged pool.

  • Does City's Swimsuit Policy Sexualize Young Girls?

    by Laura Godlewski July 2015

    A woman in Guelph, Ontario, is calling for a policy change after her eight-year-old daughter was told to cover up at a public pool in the city.

  • 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.

  • 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."