Feature Article - June 2020
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Trends in Aquatic Facilities

A Look at Trends in Aquatic Facilities


The most commonly planned addition in 2020 was splash pads. One-third (33.3%) of aquatic respondents with plans to add features said they would be adding splash pads, up from 25.3% in 2019. More than one-quarter (26.8%) were planning to add UV disinfection, up from 21.5% in 2019. (See Figure 39.)

More respondents in 2020 than in 2019 were also planning to add: poolside cabanas (19.7% vs. 18.3%), and automatic chemical feeders (12% vs. 9.7%).

Aquatic respondents from Ys were the most likely to be planning to add: zero-depth entry, UV disinfection systems, waterslides, water play structures, diving boards, and ozone systems.

Aquatic respondents from camps were the most likely to be planning to add: automatic chemical feeders, solar pool heating, saline chlorination systems, pool lifts and accessibility equipment, wave pools, and variable speed pumps.

Aquatic respondents from parks were the most likely to be planning to add poolside cabanas, splash pads, and surf machines.

Finally, aquatic respondents from rec centers were the most likely to be planning to add lazy rivers and variable frequency drives. RM