Aquatics Center Planning and Design: Recreational, and Multi-generational
Aquatics centers often offer recreational components to attract community members. Many successful aquatics centers respond to the diverse needs of different age groups. Young children enjoy “zero-depth” areas and “spray grounds” with hands-on water features. Then there are tweens and teens. If enough features keep their adrenaline pumping and satisfy their craving for social interaction, they could be among the groups with the highest return rates. Young professionals without children lean toward fitness options. During the week, parents of young children may hit the lap pool, while on weekends, they seek out recreational spaces where their children can play safely. Another potential frequent user is the older adult, drawn to therapeutic offerings like hot tubs and current streams. And perhaps no age group can resist the simple charm of the lazy river.
Aesthetics and acoustics also enhance the aquatics center experience. Whether or not they use themes (e.g., jungle, pirates, railroad), facilities can draw more people when they rely on materials, colors, forms, sounds, natural and artificial light, and artwork to charge the atmosphere. Non-water options, ranging from fitness rooms and rock climbing walls to cafés and game areas, can also boost use and enjoyment.