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Spray Play In America


These structures have many different names—spray grounds, spray parks, sprinkler pads, water parks, splash pads, or any mix of the above. No matter the name, spray grounds have continued to gain popularity over the last decade. While spray grounds are most commonly found in public park and recreation agencies, the private sector has begun building spray grounds, which are usually found in campgrounds, YMCAs, commercial water parks, hotels and resorts, and community subdivisions.  Benefits For All The community benefits of … Continue reading

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Strategies For A Healthy Pool

Photo Courtesy of National Swimming Pool Foundation

Providing a safe, healthy, disease-free swimming environment can be an overwhelming task for any operator. And without a full understanding of water-chemistry basics, the task will be difficult and next to impossible. Recreational Water Illnesses (RWIs) are brought into the pool by bathers who do not shower or those who utilize poor hygiene. These RWIs can be contracted by swallowing the pool water, or by penetrating the skin, or just by breathing the vapors (mists) above the water’s surface. Encouraging … Continue reading

Posted in Everything H20, May 2014, Parks and Rec Business | Leave a comment

2014 World Aquatic Health Conference

Early registration is now available for the World Aquatic Health™ Conference (WAHC™), offering a $50 savings for people who register by June 1. The two-day event is slated for October 8-10, 2014, at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Portland, Oregon, one of the city’s first sustainable hotels. A world of science will come to Portland this fall, as the most influential academic, industry, and government experts come together to share how we can keep pools open, and safer, and remove barriers … Continue reading

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Waterfront Hazards

Photo: © Can Stock Photo Inc. / dkaubo

It seems like every day the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other governmental agencies are passing a new regulation prohibiting yet another activity on waterfront property. Woe to the park district that runs afoul of one of these regulations, as it may lead to lawsuits, fines, and possibly even jail time for the administrators. In the face of these penalties, here are four approaches every park district administrator must use to keep the district out of trouble and retain his … Continue reading

Posted in April 2014, Departments, Everything H20, Issues, Parks and Rec Business | Leave a comment

Hey, Lifeguard, Look At Me!

Photos Courtesy Of Keith Bibb

This past June, I paused to observe an energetic 5-year-old who was getting a lifeguard’s attention by yelling, “Hey, lifeguard, look at me!” As an aquatic manager, I’ve heard those five words countless times from children over the course of many summers. Prudently, the lifeguard turned to scan and focus on the activity of this preschooler just in time to see him execute his unpolished version of a wheelhouse kick as he catapulted into the water. Having survived the stunt, … Continue reading

Posted in April 2014, Departments, Everything H20, Issues, Parks and Rec Business | 1 Comment