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Supplement Feature - February 2019
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Aquatic Trends Report

By Emily Tipping


Outdoor swimming pools were most commonly found among respondents from camp facilities, where 84.6 percent said they had at least one outdoor pool. They were followed by parks respondents, 72.6 percent of whom had at least one outdoor pool.

Indoor pools were most common for respondents from schools (90.2 percent had at least one indoor pool), Ys (86.4 percent), and colleges and universities (84.1 percent).

Splash play areas and aquatic parks were most commonly found among park facilities, where 54 percent said they had at least one splash play area and 30.4 percent said they had at least one aquatic park.

Waterparks were also most common among parks, with 13.4 percent of these respondents indicating they had at least one. They were followed by camps, where 11.5 percent said they had at least one waterpark.

Hot tubs, spas and whirlpools were most commonly found among community center respondents, with 50.9 percent reporting they have a hot tub. They were followed by respondents from Ys, 49.4 percent of whom have at least one hot tub.

When it comes to season of operation, a majority of respondents (57.4 percent) said their aquatic facilities are open year-round. Some 42.6 percent said their operations are seasonal. (See Figure 5.)


Respondents from colleges and Ys were the most likely to indicate that their aquatic facilities are open year-round. Some 92.5 percent of college respondents and 92.3 percent of Y respondents said they had year-round operations. They were followed by schools (87.2 percent) and community centers (75 percent). Well over half (57.4 percent) of parks respondents also said their aquatics were open year-round. (See Figure 6.)


Among respondents with seasonal operations, May was the most popular month for opening the season, and September the most likely month to close operations for the year. Some 26.4 percent of all respondents said their season begins in May, while 11.4 percent said their season starts in June. Nearly one-quarter (24.7 percent) said they close their seasons in September, while 15.3 percent see the season end in August.