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    White Birch Bay

    When Counsilman-Hunsaker and Capri Pools designed the new White Birch Bay Aquatic Center, they wanted to step it up a notch from other aquatic facilities in the region.

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    UCLA Spieker Aquatic Center and Dirks Pool

    Supporting UCLA’s NCAA Division 1 National Champion intercollegiate aquatic athletics, the $10.6 million Spieker Aquatic Center includes an outdoor 52-meter competition swimming pool with a 10-meter dive tower; spectator seating for 2,500, intercoll

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    Waukee Family YMCA

    Waukee, Iowa, is a quite suburb nestled just outside Des Moines.

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    Wave House Sentosa

    Wave House Sentosa is the fourth and newest installation in a chain of Wave Houses that stretches from Durban in South Africa, San Diego in California, to Santiago in Chile.

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    Suncadia Swim and Fitness Center

    The Suncadia Swim and Fitness Center’s greatest asset is most certainly its stunning location on the eastern slopes of Washington’s Cascade Mountains.

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    A.V.Symington Aquatic Center

    The A.V. Symington Aquatic Center is the latest development in the Ida Lee Park located in Leesburg, Va.

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    Texas Tech University Student Leisure Pool

    The new pool at the Robert H. Ewalt Student Recreation Center features a variety of aquatic activities for the Texas Tech community to enjoy.

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    Sahara Sam’s Oasis Indoor Waterpark

    On March 21, 2009 what’s believed to be the continental United State’s first stand-alone indoor waterpark opened its doors.

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    ava Pool

    This project replaces the popular but deteriorated public pool facility in Larsen Park with a new indoor pool for recreation and competitive use.

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    Shawnee County Aquatic Center

    Shawnee County is a growing community in the heart of central Kansas.

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    Paradise Bay Water Park

    Paradise Bay Water Park is the only outdoor public pool in Lombard, Ill., and as such, it was very important that the project feature a range of elements.

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    The Park House, Shoal Creek Valley

    The Park House at Shoal Creek Valley is the centerpiece for a lifestyle planned community adjacent to Liberty, Missouri featuring 1,700 acres of residential, retail, and recreation development.

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    Ritz-Carlton Hotel & Residences and JW Marriott at LA Live

    The pool and spas at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel & Residences and JW Marriott at the LA Live are designed to complement the overall entertainment experience at the LA Live entertainment complex in downtown Los Angeles.

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    Metropolis Resort

    As the world’s only comic book playground, Chaos waterpark at Metropolis Resort is designed to thrill guests and encourage exploration and imagination.

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    Oleson Park Spray Ground

    Located two hours north of Des Moines, Iowa, Fort Dodge is a vibrant community surrounded by recreational amenities including parks, rivers, trails, lakes and golf courses.

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    Onesty Family Aquatic Center

    Onesty Family Aquatic Center was designed with family fun in mind.

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    Great Wolf Lodge, Charlotte-Concord

    Opened in 2009, the Great Wolf Lodge outside Charlotte, N.C., is Great Wolf Resorts newest property.

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    Heritage Park Aquatic Complex

    The Heritage Park Aquatic Complex is a major landmark in the 160-acre Heritage Park master plan.

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    Crystal Beach Aquatic Center

    Several years ago, consultants were charged with designing a dynamic, exciting aquatics facility for the city of Woodward, Okla

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    Morcom Aquatic Center - Florida State University

    Morcom Aquatics Center is Florida State University’s new,100,000-squrae-foot athletic complex.

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    Gladstone Community Center

    Gladstone is a community with approximately 30,000 residents, completely surrounded by the northern part of Kansas City, Missouri

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    ACAC Downtown

    Atlantic Coast Athletic Clubs set themselves apart in the health club industry

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    Citrus Community Park Splashpad

    Opened last year, the Citrus Community Park Splashpad in Corona,Calif

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    Conroe ISD Natatorium

    The Conroe Independent School District’s new Natatorium facility was developed through a collaborative design process involving the community, administrators, student athletes, coaches, and parents.

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    Social Works

    Oprah is on Twitter (along with

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    Goin’ to Kansas City

    With the opening of the new Schlitterbahn Vacation Village waterpark, Kansas City, Kan., now is a bona fide vacation destination.

  • Growing with You

    Waterpark Resorts Today is growing in 2010 with a new look and expanded focus that includes not just indoor waterpark hotels, but also all waterparks big and small.

  • Industrial Resolutions

    If you’re like most people, January is a time to pause, look at your life and ask, “What can I do to improve this year?” So that got me to thinking about good resolutions for the aquatics industry to take on in 2010.

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    Flooded Fiasco

    I was the supervisor of a new family aquatics center that was ending construction and readying for its grand opening.

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    Honor Bound

    A good lifeguard is a responsible lifeguard.

  • Industry Manufacturer Provides Relief to Haiti

    Following the devastating earthquake on January 12, global water solutions provider Pentair Inc. is immediately donating $200,000 to fund portable water treatment systems and related supplies to Haiti.

  • Two Swim Studies Released

    The National Federation of State High School Associations recently reported that swimming and diving were the fastest-growing high school sports for the 2008-09 academic year. The sports combined grew by 29,967 students for an 11.5 percent increase.

  • VGB Hits Historic Pools Hardest

    At 401 feet long and 200 feet wide, Sunlite Pool is considered the largest recirculating swimming vessel in the world. It’s one of the main attractions at Coney Island Park in Cincinnati.

  • Lawsuits Filed in Aquatic Deaths

    Several drownings last summer have resulted in legal action.

  • Pools Meeting Fiscal Goals

    Despite the recession and some unusually cold weather last summer, some public aquatics facilities had financially successful swim seasons.

  • VGB Unblockable Drains Questioned

    The Consumer Product Safety Commission and International Code Council both recently heard requests to alter their language as it relates to entrapment safety.

  • Distracted Lifeguards Cited in Aquatic Incidents

    Distracted lifeguards were cited in at least two aquatic incidents.

  • Court Upholds Settlement in Landmark Drowning Case

    Marking further action in a case that has established a significant legal precedent, the Federal District Court in Miami ruled that the Monticello Insurance Company is liable for the $5.75 million settlement in the 1997 drownings of Zachary Breaux and Eug

  • Industry Leaders Join Forces for Conference

    In an effort to provide stronger industry education and networking opportunities, the National Recreation and Park Association has teamed with Human Kinetics and Aquatics International to present the 2010 National Aquatic Conference, scheduled for March 2

  • Coach Accused of Sex Crimes

    The San Jose (Calif.) Aquatics swim club and its former coach, Andrew King, were named in a civil lawsuit filed by a 15-year-old girl and her father.

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    Things to Think About Now

    Snow and ice build up above an indoor/outdoor hot tub can pose a hazard to guests.

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    Failing Inspection

    Americans love their swimming pools. In fact, an estimated 7.4 million vessels are in active use, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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    Coming Attractions:Two

    The D-Wave by the Turkish firm Polin is designed to offer high thrills in a small footprint. Suitable for indoor and outdoor operations, this four-person water slide features a steep entry that creates the thrill of free falling.

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    Coming Attractions:Three

    Building on the trend toward more skills-based attractions that offer interactivity, SCS Interactive and WhiteWater West Industries in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, have introduced musical play components.

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    Coming Attractions:one

    Imagine an aquatic pinball machine where your patrons are the ball! Designed to simulate the arcade-style pinball machine, but on scale 50 times larger, Wizard Works’ Human Pinball water slide concept uses a sloped ramp, approximately 50 feet wide b

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    Core Strength

    Core training has become a popular exercise focus in group exercise programming.

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    Four Guidelines for Core Training

    1.Train the core muscles in a primarily lengthened position, moving from stability to mobility.

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    The Comfort Zone

    It was 2003 and the ball was in motion. W. Jack Kalins, Split Rock Resort president/CEO, had decided he wanted to add a waterpark to our full service destination resort, and we had entered into a design agreement with architects, designers and consultants

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    HealthBridge Fitness Center, Huntley Campus

    The open design of the Centegra HealthBridge Fitness Center was developed to bolster guests’ vigor, combining the healing properties of water and physical activity with the cathartic effects of a calming atmosphere.