Category Archives: April 2009

Thumbs Up!

For more than 120 years, the Blue Water YMCA in Port Huron, Mich., has served the community, providing top-notch programs for a wide range of ages. As one of the first YMCAs in the state, Blue Water was founded in 1886, and has been a fixture in the largest city in Michigan’s “thumb” area ever since. Although sentimentally regarded, the facility was nearly 80 years old, and staff was struggling with building deficiencies, attempting to meet the growing needs of … Continue reading

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Budgeting For The Big Screen

Meridian, Idaho, has grown from 10,000 residents to more than 75,000 in the past two decades. While most people would argue that growth is good, leaders of rapidly growing cities understand there are often some pains that go along with progress. In the past few years, the mayor and city council noticed that the community was growing so fast that many subdivisions were becoming their own mini-communities. In order for the city to avoid becoming a “pass-through” bedroom community, the … Continue reading

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Hanging In The Balance – Test

How to maintain the correct chemistry in water features 1. Patrons depend on operators to be responsible for the health and safety of their water playgrounds. a. True b. False 2. Aquatic play features require specific water quality parameters that are more controlled than traditional swimming pools. a. True b. False 3. Water balance testing procedures should include a. Testing of fill water b. Testing in the filtration room c. Testing along the path of water flow d. All of … Continue reading

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Hanging in the Balance – Answer Key

How to maintain the correct chemistry in water features 1. Patrons depend on operators to be responsible for the health and safety of their water playgrounds. a. True 2. Aquatic play features require specific water quality parameters that are more controlled than traditional swimming pools. a. True 3. Water balance testing procedures should include d. All of the above. 4. Bather load affects the water quality in aquatic play features a. True 5. In automatic feed systems, the sensor probes … Continue reading

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Coming Into Compliance

As spring kicks off and the temperature starts to heat up, parks and recreation departments across the country are peeling off swimming pool covers and preparing for the upcoming season. This year, however, the Virginia Graeme Baker (VGB) Act may delay those plans for some agencies. Enacted as an anti-entrapment protection bill to protect swimmers, public facilities are forced to comply with the regulations, but what does that mean? And what will happen if a pool is not in compliance … Continue reading

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