No community is too small for a year round aquatic venue.
“According to the World Waterpark Association, the development of aquatic centers and municipal waterparks is one of the fastest growing segments in the water leisure industry in the United States, with new facilities attracting more than 500-750 guests daily.“
~ National Recreation and Park Association, NRPA
Both financial and environmental efficiency are critical for the long-term success of an aquatic institution, especially at this time when parks and recreation departments are working with tightened budgets. Nationwide research shows that in the USA, “local parks and recreation spending decreased by 7.2% from 2003 to 2013.” In this climate, many facilities are finding new ways to reduce costs, increase revenue and also ensuring local residents can access them, according to the NRPA (p. 55).
The more varied the amenities an aquatic center offers, the more guests it attracts, the longer they stay and the higher the admission fees operators can charge. Length of stay, programming, accessibility, sustainability, increased memberships, improved partnerships are also critical to driving growth.
OpenAire has played a key role in many of these efforts, allowing many municipalities to operate cost-effective facilities where they could not before.
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- Revenue Growth
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So What does a typical Municipal Facility look like?
A great example of a Municipal project is the Salinas Aquatic Center. This 100ft x 110ft pool enclosure is a freestanding building which is connected to a newly build recreation center midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Whats not typical about this project was the city decided to go above and beyond simply saving on their energy costs every year, but they achieved LEED GOLD accreditation.