February brings us the latest issue of Recreation Management’s “A Guide to Aquatic Centers” which serves as an aide in keeping aquatic centers in excellent condition throughout the year. This edition also provides some fresh ideas to those seeking direction in designing new aquatic facilities. Recreation Management has turned to Cloward H2O in the past for guidance regarding the aquatic industry and once again we were happy to help out by contributing to this latest issue with the article titled “Fun & Functional Aquatic Design Trends“.
Stephen Colvin of Cloward H2O spoke with Recreation Management about newer technologies in aquatic design including magnetic induction propulsion systems which are used on multi-person family rides. “Rides now are constantly pushing the envelope on zero g-forces to give that truly thrilling experience to park attendees. The length of many rides is growing over time, which makes for a more engaging experience. I have recently seen several designs with a continuous loop attraction that allows someone to ride for an extended period without exiting. For splashpads, there is a new set of products in research and development that bring interactive rivers with working path diverters and pump actuators that have to be controlled manually by children. These rivers can be integrated with existing splashpads or can be an individual attraction.”
Alongside the advancements in newer technology comes an increase in revenue for aquatic facilities. “Rides that increase turnover, competition and the thrill level have people clamoring to stay at parks longer and return over and over. The rides that increase competition, (i.e., mat racers with timers to show who won) can actually increase bystanders’ food and beverage consumption as people want to watch the ‘competition’. Surf machines and surf wave pools are becoming more popular and worth the added expense due to the increased food and beverage sales from those witnessing the activity”.
“Another source of increased revenue that many people don’t think about, but is essential to long-term profitability, is decreased costs from engineering the facilities correctly in the first place and not skimping on quality consultants and materials. That is, using better filters, like regenerative filters, having exceptional secondary sanitizing systems, such as ozone systems and using variable frequency drives on motors and pumps, can save facilities a great deal of money and thereby increase profits. At the same time, many of these things decrease water, power and chemicals consumption. We have even used solar pavers on pool decks, which draw heat from the sun and then transfer the heat to the pools, reducing heating costs. If done right, a park can definitely have a lower carbon footprint and make better use of the resources that are used up in these facilities”.
To read more about how to improve aquatic facility design, check out the full article Here.
Cloward H2O would like to express thanks and appreciation to all those over at Recreation Management for the opportunity to have contributed to this amazing magazine.