Swimming, Sliding, and Unwinding: Aquatics Center Planning and Design
According to the Food Research and Action Center, over one-third of adults and 16.9% of children are obese. Increased public awareness of this epidemic has inspired schools, park districts, and individuals to renew their focus on physical fitness.
Swimming ranks among the best whole-body exercise options: it builds endurance, strengthens muscles, exercises the heart, and even offers psychological benefits. The lap pool, then, offers not only a means of promoting year-round fitness, but also a place for social interaction for high school swimmers, for the community swim club, and for fitness-minded individuals.
Beyond the Lap Pool
Often, the lap pool alone cannot meet all the community’s aquatics (or the owner’s financial) needs.
Some school and park districts are meeting these needs with flexible aquatics centers that help offset the high costs of traditional competitive pools. These lively destinations offer multi-generational features ranging from shallow water areas, to simulated surfing machines, to therapy pools.
During the next few weeks, I’m going to blog about the elements of aquatics center planning and design aimed at addressing every community member’s goal, whether it’s a gold medal, a shot of adrenaline, healing an injury, or just a good time.