Category Archives: April 2006

Closing the Gap

The year was 1865 and Robert Tinker, employee for the Manny Reaper Company (a local farm implement manufacturer) had just returned from a company sponsored world tour. Inspired by his travels, Tinker decided to build himself a new home – one styled after the cottages he had fallen in love with in Switzerland. As so often happens with projects inspired by passion, destiny (or cupid) got involved and Tinker found himself breaking ground for his new Swiss Cottage high on … Continue reading

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Splishing and a Splashing, Squirting and a Spraying

The fourth annual Parks & Rec Business Zero-Depth Interactive Aquatics Playground Report Zero-depth spray grounds are front and center in the push by parks and recreation departments across North America to upgrade their aquatic facilities. This popular option, which can be developed as a stand-alone park in areas that formerly had no aquatic facilities or used to upgrade an existing pool or water park, is relatively inexpensive to build and operate. And, of course, they’re a lot of fun! To … Continue reading

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Belmar Beach

At a mile and a quarter long, the Boro of Belmar, NJ’s beach offers recreational and special events opportunities galore for the 60,000 daily visitors it welcomes each summer weekend. The sheer size of the beach and the number of folks using it creates a maintenance two-step that has everyone stepping and fetching. Well, not actually everyone. In fact, according to Andy Meuerle, Superintendent of Public Works for the Boro of Belmar, his regular work crew is able to open … Continue reading

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University Park

Just 60 miles south of the Canadian border, the city of Grand Forks, ND, under the direction of the Grand Forks Park District (a special district), is rolling out an aquatics plan that not only meets the aquatics needs of its constituents, but has also unintentionally turned back the clock to the days when all projects were local, when all projects were personal. “This project really surprised me,” says John Staley, Director for the Grand Forks Park District, “because it … Continue reading

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Water Chemistry

The toughest part of managing any aquatic facility is often finding that magic formula where your pool, spa or spray ground water is clean, clear, eye-burn/odor free AND easy on your hardware, filters and pool surfaces. It’s a lot to ask of anybody. To help you out, we talked with Clayton Womble, Plant Maintenance Supervisor, University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC and his maintenance staff. Here’s what they had to say: 1. How many pools do you operate? … Continue reading

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