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Feature Article - June 2018

Aquatics

A Look at Trends in Aquatic Facilities


Aquatic respondents from park facilities are more likely than others to include: zero-depth entry, waterslides, water play structures, splash pads, surf simulators and wave pools.

Aquatic respondents from community centers are more likely than others to include lazy rivers, UV disinfection, automatic chemical feeders, and pool lifts.

Aquatic respondents from schools are more likely than others to have diving boards and solar pool heating, while those from health clubs are more likely to have saline chlorination systems and poolside cabanas. Those from colleges are the most likely to use ozone systems.

More than a quarter (26.5 percent) of aquatic respondents said they have plans to add more features at their facilities over the next few years, up from 25 percent in 2017. Aquatic respondents from camps are the most likely to be planning such additions. Some 37.8 percent of aquatic respondents from camps said they will be adding features. They were followed by aquatic respondents from health clubs (28.6 percent), parks (28 percent), schools (27.3 percent), community centers (25.8 percent) and Ys (16.2 percent). Aquatic respondents from colleges are the least likely to be planning to add features, though the percentage with plans grew from 10.1 percent in 2017 to 15.6 percent in 2018.

The most commonly planned additions in 2018 include splash pads (30 percent of aquatic respondents with plans to add features will add splash pads); water play structures (30 percent); and UV disinfection (30 percent). More respondents in 2018 than in 2017 are planning to add: water play structures (30 percent vs. 27.9 percent); UV disinfection (30 percent vs. 27 percent); zero-depth entry (25.5 percent vs. 21.9 percent); poolside cabanas (23.2 percent vs. 18 percent); waterslides (19.5 percent vs. 15.5 percent); and solar pool heating (10.9 percent vs. 8.6 percent). (See Figure 41.)


Aquatic respondents from camps are more likely than those from other types of facilities to be planning to add zero-depth entry, waterslides, solar pool heating, poolside cabanas, splash pads, surf machines and wave pools.

Aquatic respondents from health clubs are more likely than others to be planning to add lazy rivers, diving boards and saline chlorination systems.

Aquatic respondents from schools are more likely than others to be planning to add UV disinfection systems and pool lifts and accessibility equipment.

Aquatic respondents from community centers are more likely than others to be planning to add water play structures and automatic chemical feeders.

Finally, aquatic respondents from Ys are more likely than others to be planning to add ozone systems.

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