Category Archives: January 2008

Weighing The Options

The annual operating cost for a typical outdoor 25-meter x 50-meter pool–including water, power, heating and pool chemicals–is about $256,000. The largest expense is natural gas at $184,400 (72 percent of total cost). Electricity is next at $40,800 (16 percent), followed by pool chemicals at $20,900 (8 percent), and finally, water usage at $9,400 (4 percent). In just the past few years in California, the cost of natural gas has risen from an average of $0.55 per therm to almost … Continue reading

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Crazy Ideas Are How Good Things Happen

“If you have a good idea, don’t give up,” says Ann Buttenwieser, president of the Neptune Foundation. She would know because, after 27 years of dreaming of creating a floating pool reminiscent of the floating bath houses of the 1900s, she finally saw her plan come true in summer 2007. Over the past few months, The Floating Pool Lady opened its water and beach to over 71,000 visitors from across New York, the United States and–amazingly–12 countries. She first publicly … Continue reading

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Teaching The Basics

If your recreation department is like most, you have a number of facilities that have been built to satisfy the needs of the youth leagues in the community. But did you ever stop to compare these facilities and what they do for children with the nearby elementary schools? Apples To Apples You’re probably thinking, how can these two facilities even begin to compare to one another? If so, this has been the typical mindset towards recreation for years. Many people … Continue reading

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Don’t Count Your Blessings—One Is Enough

I haven’t used an alarm clock in more than 20 years. I wake up every weekday at 5 a.m. without fail. On the weekends, I stretch it to 6:00, maybe even 7:00 if I force myself. There is something special about those early hours that I imagine connects me with the farmers and early-shift factory-labor people of the past. Nothing is automated at that hour. I shower and shave with a simple razor, nothing electric. I take the paper (I … Continue reading

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