Feature Article - June 2019
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Aquatics

A Look at Trends in Aquatic Facilities


Nearly one-quarter (23.5 percent) of aquatic respondents said they have plans to add more features at their facilities over the next few years, down from 26.5 percent in 2018. Aquatic respondents from health clubs were the most likely to be planning such additions. Some 28 percent of aquatic respondents from health clubs said they will be adding features. They were followed by rec centers (27.6 percent), parks (25.8 percent), camps (25.6 percent), and Ys (23.2 percent). Schools and colleges were much less likely to be planning to add features, though 17.6 percent of school respondents and 14.3 percent of college respondents said they had such plans.

The most commonly planned additions in 2019 include water play structures (26.9 percent of aquatic respondents with plans to add features will add water play); splash pads (25.3 percent); and zero-depth entry (25.3 percent). (See Figure 39.)

More respondents in 2019 than in 2018 are planning to add: waterslides (21.5 percent vs. 19.5 percent in 2018) and lazy rivers (12.4 percent vs. 9.5 percent).

Aquatic respondents from parks were more likely than others to be planning to add zero-depth entry, lazy rivers, waterslides, poolside cabanas and surf simulators.

Aquatic respondents from Ys were more likely than others to be planning to add UV systems, water play structures, ozone systems, solar pool heating and wave pools.

Aquatic respondents from health clubs were more likely than others to be planning to add automatic chemical feeders, saline chlorination and pool lifts.

Aquatic respondents from schools were more likely than others to be planning to add diving boards, variable speed pumps and variable frequency drives.

Finally, respondents from rec centers were more likely than those from other types of facilities to be planning to add splash pads.