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Supplement Feature - February 2019
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Aquatic Trends Report

By Emily Tipping


Respondents from parks were the most likely to have many types of features. They were more likely than respondents from other types of facilities to include: pool slides, water coasters, river raft rides, poolside climbing walls, lily pads and water walks, wave pools, water playgrounds, zero-depth entry, lazy rivers, poolside cabanas, shade structures, surf machines and lifeguard stations.

Respondents from colleges were more likely than those from other types of facilities to include diving platforms, water polo equipment and water basketball equipment.

School respondents were more likely than those from other types of facilities to include diving boards, starting platforms and scoreboards.

Respondents from Ys were more likely than those from other types of facilities to include underwater treadmills and bikes, and pool lifts or other accessibility equipment.

Camp respondents were more likely than others to include pool inflatables and water volleyball equipment.

Finally, respondents from recreation centers were more likely than those from other types of facilities to include lane lines, pool exercise equipment and teaching platforms.

Nearly three out of 10 (29.2 percent) respondents said that they have plans to add features at their facilities within the next three years. Respondents from Ys were the most likely to have such plans. Some 37 percent of Y respondents said they would be adding features to their facilities. They were followed by parks (30 percent), recreation centers (28.1 percent) and colleges (27.4 percent). Respondents from camps and schools were the least likely to be planning additions at their facilities, though 23.1 percent and 22 percent, respectively, said they had such plans. (See Figure 16.)