What Flooring Should I Use For Locker Rooms And Pool Decks?

What is the perfect flooring material for locker rooms and pool decks? As designers of community recreation centers, we get asked this question all the time—and we have yet to find the perfect blanket solution for every situation and set of conditions. There are myriad product options on the market and each has its own set of strengths and weaknesses. Fortunately, we can help determine the best solution for a specific project.

Recommended locker room floor finishes:

1. Porcelain mosaic tile

2. Nonslip porcelain tile paver

3. Textured sheet vinyl flooring

4. Sheet rubber flooring

5. Poured quartz epoxy flooring

Recommended pool deck floor finishes:

1. Acid-etched colored concrete

2. Broom-finished colored concrete with swirl pattern

3. “Cool Deck” coating on concrete

Information provided by Dave Hammel, Principal, Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture. To view the entire article, visit


Buy Aquatic Play Features Without Going To Bid

Vortex Aquatic Structures has partnered with National Purchasing Partners, a cooperative purchasing organization, to offer our customers a new way to purchase aquatic play features. The agreement allows American and Canadian municipal clients and local tax-supported governmental agencies to utilize this cooperative purchasing agreement so that projects do not have to go out to public bid. To learn more, visit .


Red Cross Announces Swimming, Water Safety Program

The American Red Cross announced its 2014 Swimming and Water Safety Program that features three new adult Learn-to-Swim course outlines, a new free Swim app and a Water Safety Instructor course that incorporates advanced simulation learning.

Among the highlights of the 2014 aquatics package, the Water Safety Instructor (WSI) program trains instructors in water safety and drowning prevention and provides information needed to plan and conduct courses in the Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety program. The course includes 23.5 hours of in-classroom training including a pre-course swimming skills test and 7 hours of online education. For more information, visit .


Propane Mower Conversion Kits Available

Washington—Landscape professionals have another option for converting commercial mowers to clean, American-made propane with new Environmental Protection Agency-certified propane mower conversion kits by Hendrix Progressive Fuel Technologies. The EPA certification also qualifies the kit for a $500 incentive through the Propane Education & Research Council’s (PERC) Propane Mower Incentive Program.

Each kit comes fully assembled and includes a detailed installation manual explaining how to adjust the engine idle and fuel mixture to EPA-performance specifications. Hendrix Progressive Fuel Technologies offers on-site training, as well as phone support, for the conversion kits. For more information, visit or call (847) 526-1700.


Field Notes

BSN SPORTS , a direct marketer and distributor of sporting goods to school and league markets, has acquired East Texas Sports Center, Inc.  based in Marshall, Texas, and Olympia Sporting Goods, Inc. based in Montgomery, Ala.

John Watlington joined National Ticket Company’s team of account executives last fall. He covers the Mid-Atlantic region and golf events all across the nation.

North American dealers have ranked ECHO and Shindaiwa at Gold Level Status in The North American Equipment Dealers Association’s (NAEDA) annual Manufacturer Relations Survey. The award recognizes manufacturers who have achieved exceptionally high dealer ratings in categories such as product quality, technical support, parts availability, marketing and advertising support, etc.

Recreonics, Inc. , a supplier of commercial swimming pool equipment, announced their entire sales team achieved recertification through the Certified Pool/Spa Operator certification program created by the non-profit National Swimming Pool Foundation .

WhiteWater Attractions has launched a new website that provides a cohesive place for Prime Interactives and Hopkins Rides information to be available to customers globally. The new website is an extension of the fully integrated approach the company is offering to the amusement industry. Check it out at .

Barenbrug USA appointed Jay Ingham as Professional Turf Sales Manager. He will lead the professional turf program and continue to grow its market share domestically.

DeltaUV , manufacturers of residential and commercial ultraviolet water treatment products, has launched a new, separate commercial website dedicated to its full lines of commercial UV-C Sanitizers which include medium-pressure, low-pressure high-output and low-pressure amalgam UV units to accommodate any aquatic facility size. To view the website, visit .

Members of Sports Turf Association Inc. voted to change its name to Sports Turf Canada after an examination of the agency’s brand and determined the title was more reflective of its membership.

Sol Inc. recently completed the installation of commercial solar outdoor lights along the Maria Ygnacia Creek Trail, a 3.22-mile path in Goleta, Calif. The trail is popular with pedestrians in West Santa Barbara and Goleta, as well as with recreational and semi-pro cyclists, and bicycle commuters traveling the Pacific coast route in Santa Barbara County.


Rafting And Kayaking Course Make Debut

CLOWARD H2O has completed engineering work on the soon-to-be-built Oklahoma City Whitewater Rafting and Kayak Course. The overall project will cost around $32 million and will bring a whole new level of adventure to downtown Oklahoma City in the heart of the boathouse district. With rapids ranging from class II to IV, the course will allow both amateurs and professionals to experience the thrills of spending a day whitewater rafting or using the Olympic-style slalom kayaking course. The facility is scheduled to be open for adventure in late summer of 2015. For more information, see the project website here:


Word On The Web

On What We Do Affects Everyone, May 2 Week-Ender blog post:


I am in complete admiration of your blog post today. Loved it! Just this week I realized that this concept was my kind of religion. I was hoping to start a bit of a pay-it-forward movement within my agency, and received some of the pay-it-forward bracelets to help raise awareness of the effort and its domino effect. It was by pure coincidence that I even opened the email that contained the blog post you wrote. Again, I am impressed with your skills, jealous of your job, and happy to know there is someone out there who is of like mind.

Catherine Farah

IT Coordinator

Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission

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I read and appreciated your article in the Week-Ender. Make that five people impacted! I’m retired Army with 18 years in parks and rec. We’ll be training young lifeguards this weekend and I’ll see what I can do to pass it on.


Rich Irish

Training and Aquatic Risk Manager

Director, Starfish Aquatics Training

Eagle Creek Beach

Department of Parks & Recreation

Indianapolis, Ind.




16-19 Colorado Parks & Recreation Association, Steamboat Springs, Colo.—Sheraton Steamboat Resort;

23-26 Minnesota Recreation and Park Association Annual Conference, Blaine, Minn.— National Sports Center;

30-2 West Virginia Recreation and Parks Association Conference, Roanoke, WV—Stonewall Resort State Park;


8-10 World Aquatic Health Conference, Portland, Ore.—DoubleTree by Hilton;

14-16 National Recreation and Parks Association National Congress, Charlotte, N.C.


3-6 Georgia Recreation and Parks Association Conference, Jekyll Island, Ga.

24-25 Connecticut Recreation & Parks Association 54 th annual Conference & Tradeshow, Montville, Conn.—Mohegan Sun Hotel & Convention Center;

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