Beat the Heat by the Pool this Summer

beat the heat

Don’t let the hot weather discourage you from enjoying the season. Instead, take advantage of this Arizona heat by going for a refreshing swim, either in your own backyard or by visiting one of the following venues.

After all, swimming provides countless benefits for both you and your children, including improving muscle definition and strength, building bone mass, reducing inflammation, decreasing stress, and burning calories.

Here are some venues to visit to beat the heat this summer.

Water Parks

Arizona is fortunate to be home to several water parks. Locals and visitors alike line up to get into Big Surf Waterpark. In operation since 1969, it is home of the United States’ first wave pool, which has been featured in many popular films including Just One of the Guys (1985) and Storm of the Century (1999). It is located in Tempe just off the 202 Red Mountain and McClintock Drive.

Also on the east side of town, you’ll find Mesa Golfland-Sunsplash, Arizona’s premier family fun destination. It features 30 exciting rides and attractions from thrilling waterslides to award winning miniature golf. On the west side of town is Wet-n-Wild, a massive 25-acre family water park tucked away in far north Phoenix. You can sometimes find discount ticket prices for these parks at Costco or through Groupon.

Public Aquatic Centers

The Valley has its share of community pools scattered throughout its many neighborhoods. The best part? They’re affordable! Swimming lessons, merit badge classes, and lifeguard training (junior and adult) are available at many city pools. Some of also available for private parties and corporate events. Visit any of the following links for additional information, including pool locations, hours of operation and amenities.

City of Apache Junction

Superstition Shadows Aquatic Center

1091 W. Southern Ave.

Apache Junction, AZ 85120

  • $1.50 admission for children (17 and younger)
  • $2.50 admission for adults (18 and over)

City of Chandler

Admission fees for all City of Chandler pools

  • $1.00 for children (2-17 years)
  • $2.25 for adults (18-54 years)
  • $1.25 for seniors (55 years and older)

Each of Chandler’s six public pools also feature weekly $1.00 family swim nights and free swim nights.

City of Gilbert

Admission fees for all City of Gilbert pools

  • $1.00 for children (17 and younger)
  • $3.00 for adults (18 and older)

City of Mesa

Admission fees for all City of Mesa Pools

  • Free for children under 6 months of age
  • $2.00 for children (17 and younger)
  • $4.00 for adults (18 and older)

City of Tempe

Admission fees for City of Tempe Pools vary, please visit their website for exact prices.

City of Phoenix

Admission Fees for all City of Phoenix Pools

  • $1.00 for kids (some city pools are offering free admission for children thanks to the Kool Kids program)
  • $3.00 for adults
  • $1.00 for seniors

Is it time to upgrade your pool?

custom pool upgrade and remodelSwimming pools, like anything, have a life-span. While newer pools can help improve the value to your home, an aging pool that hasn’t been properly maintained can equally de-value your home. In addition to improving the aesthetics of your swimming pool, a pool upgrade and remodel can introduce new technology that is more energy efficient which means less maintenance as well as saving you money in the long run. It also gives you the opportunity to fix mistakes from the past and re-invent your whole pool area. Here are some of the ways an upgrade can improve your pool.

New Finish
Plaster dries out as it ages which causes cracking and peeling. In the past few years, companies such as Pebble Tec have developed finishes that are stronger, scratch and chemical resistant, and come in different colors to help customize the look of your pool.

Pool Decking
Decking, like plaster, can dry out and crack. Especially if you’ve had ‘cool decking’ installed around your pool. You have many options when it comes to pool decking such as concrete, wood, composite, stone, and tile. Your budget and aesthetics will be the major factors when it comes to choosing your pool decking upgrade.

Pool Filters and Pumps
If you choose to do a complete remodel of your swimming pool, you will have some decisions to make regarding your pool pump and filter. In addition to traditional chlorine systems, you can now opt for newer salt-water systems that actually generates chlorine instead of using tablets or powders. There is a lot of debate on which is actually better so we suggest doing some research before making a decision.

Pool pumps have made many advances in recent year as well with many pumps now receiving an Energy Star rating to signify the pumps energy efficiency. Determining the right size pump for your pool is key. A pump that is too small will not properly circulate the water and a pump too big will simply waste energy. It’s probably a good idea to talk to the pool contractor to help decide which pump will be right for you.

Water Features and Accessories
Seems like in the past your only options for features for your pool were a diving board and possibly a slide. These days you have many options to choose from such as multi-colored lighting, spillways, fountains, rock formations, and grottos just to name a few. These options can dramatically change the look and feel of your pool from a boring, traditional pool to a resort-style oasis.

Spas
More and more people are opting to have a spa attached to their pool when doing a remodel. Spas not only look great but offer many health advantages as well. It also gives you an option for winter-time use when the water in the pool is too cold to swim in.

Platinum Pools and Spas specializes in swimming pool upgrades and remodels. We can transform your basic pool into the dream pool you’ve always desired. Our experts will walk you through the entire process from designing your new pool, changing the landscaping, and rebuilding your entire patio area. Call us today to get started!