• Officials Offer Explanation for Rio's Green Pool Water

    by Martin Rogers August 2016

    Olympic diving chiefs said Wednesday they had solved an embarrassing saga at the Games' diving arena that turned the competition pool a deep shade of green and left competitors joking that they were leaping into a swamp.

  • 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.

  • How Will Rowers Handle Rio's Polluted Water?

    by Rachel Axon August 2016

    Athletes competing in water where debris, contaminants and high levels of bacteria have been found will take safety precautions when training and competing at the upcoming Rio Olympics. Last year, 13 U.S. rowers got sick at the junior world championships in Rio. But games organizers and IOC President Thomas Bach have repeatedly said they will provide a safe environment for athletes. We spoke to rower Esther Lofgren, who retired after winning gold with the women’s eight at the London 2012 Games, about the situation in Rio.

  • 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.