Did you know that, according to the World Waterpark Association, the development of aquatic centersand 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?
Both financial and environmental efficiency is critical for the long-term success of an aquatic venue, 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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Salinas Aquatic Center is a typical Municipal facility. It is a great example of a Municipal project. 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. What’s 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.
Check out some of our various aquatic center designs including waterparks, Municipal facilities, Health & Sports clubs and YMCA enclosures. Get in touch and speak with an OpenAir expert to learn more.