Other stories by Alison Rice

  • New CoCo Key Owners Identify Missed Opportunities for Waterparks

    Decisions by the new owners of the CoCo Key properties suggest opportunities that may be overlooked by waterpark resorts

  • Federal EB-5 Program Helps Waterparks

    The federal government's EB-5 visa program for foreign investors can generate millions in financing for job-creating projects.

  • Nation's First "Natural" Public Swimming Pool

    After a century of renovations and updates, a Minneapolis park’s swimming hole will return to its freshwater origins and become the nation’s first “natural” public swimming pool.

  • A New Waterpark Can Spark a Locale's Economy

    High unemployment, crunched budgets and lower tax revenues have put financial stress on many locales. Those pressures can make a new waterpark very appealing.

  • Jeff Ellis

    When there's talk of leaders in aquatic safety, Jeff Ellis’ name always comes up.

  • Mike Espino

    With 16 years at the American Red Cross and now nearly five years at Chicago-based YMCA of the USA as its aquatic safety and risk specialist, Mike Espino knows large-scale aquatic operations.

  • Leland Yarger

    His title — coordinator of aquatics and instructor of physical science at Ball State University — would barely fit on a business card, but that seems appropriate for Leland Yarger, who oversees the school's aquatics degree program.

  • Michael Phelps

    With 22 medals, 18 of them gold, Baltimore swimmer Michael Phelps has brought home more Olympic hardware than any other athlete.

  • B. Chris Brewster

    He retired from lifeguarding in 2011, but B. Chris Brewster is just as involved in aquatic safety today as he has been for the past 25 years.

  • Rick Root

    Twenty-five years ago, the waterpark industry was still playing in the kiddie pool.