- World’s Tallest Waterslide to Be Torn Down
by Courtney Cameron November 2016
The Schlitterbahn waterpark in Kansas City (Kan.) announced last Tuesday that the Verrückt, known to be the world’s tallest waterslide, will not reopen following the death of 10-year-old Caleb Schwab, son of state representative Scott Schwab, in August. The slide has been closed since the incident, and is now scheduled to be torn down.
- Can Underwater Surveillance Help Prevent Drownings?
by Courtney Cameron October 2016
The city of Edmonton has recently issued a Request for Proposal for the installation of underwater cameras in response to concern over their growing drowning rates. The cameras, also called an Underwater Drowning Prevention System, are a relatively new technology that aid in surveillance and recognition of emergency situations.
- Dozens of Crypto Cases Linked to Water Parks, Pools
by Stuart Goldman August 2016
Health officials in Arizona and North Carolina have recently reported outbreaks of diarrheal illnesses caused by the parasite cryptosporidium that have spread in recreational water facilities.
- Texas Surf Park in Legal Battle Over Pool Regulations
by Stuart Goldman July 2016
Should NLand Surf Park in Austin, Texas, be regulated as a swimming pool? That’s at the heart of two lawsuits filed last week between the surf park and Travis County, Texas.
- 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.
- 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.