In the early 1800s, public swimming pools in the U.S. were called “bathing pools” and primarily a way for the urban poor to have an opportunity to bathe in cool, clean water. Some pools even provided visitors with soap and towels. By the 1930s, as masses of people sought respite from the hardships of the Great Depression, public pools had become recreational venues where people gathered to play and swim with friends and family.
Now, almost a century later, there are more than 360,000 public swimming pools in the U.S. open for year-round use, according to the National Swimming Pool Foundation. These days, visitors still flock to municipal pools for a cooling escape from the duties of work, home, and school--and this year, for a respite from more than a year of Covid-19 quarantine restrictions. However, their expectations have increased dramatically. Patrons look to their municipal pools for exercise, entertainment, recreation, child care, competitive sports, and swim lessons.
Diverse Users Need Flexible Athletics Lockers for Storage
On any given hour at a municipal aquatic facility, you may find triathletes, first-time swimmers, competitive divers, rehabbing athletes, elderly water aerobics participants, swimmers with disabilities, and parents with children of all ages. In just one family, you may have a parent headed to the spray park area with a toddler and an older sibling headed to the diving boards after dropping his younger sibling off at swim lessons.
The locker rooms at municipal aquatic centers have had to change to accommodate these scenarios. The biggest trend has been towards private changing areas within the larger locker room and private family-style locker rooms. This trend has been compounded by Covid-19 with patrons unable or unwilling to spend extended periods of time in a crowded indoor setting. Both of these privacy options alleviate overcrowding in the main locker area, improving the overall experience for patrons, but require more creative planning for the placement of athletic lockers.
For those using the private changing areas, smart lockers can be placed in varying locations--just adjacent to the changing area or family changing room, outside closer to the pool and spectator area, and even inside poolside cabanas. This means different family and group members can access secure multi-user lockers without having to return to the locker room.
With a mix of storage locker sizes and styles, such as our FLEX Elite Locker System, aquatic facility managers can accommodate everyone’s needs at once. Oversized athletic lockers can hold everything from aquatic gear to diaper bags. Smaller express lockers can accommodate just a wallet and keys. Dry charging lockers can charge multiple devices at once and keep electronic devices separate from wet gear.
Consumers Want Safety and Convenience
Consumers often choose to visit local water parks over open water options such as beaches, lakes, and rivers because of convenience and safety, according to the World Waterpark Association. DeBourgh storage lockers keep your patrons’ valuables safe from both theft and the elements. Our Smart Lockers with keyless programmable keypads and centralized Access Control offer maximum convenience and maximum security.
Our durable storage locker finishes protect patrons’ belongings from the heat and humidity and resist rust and dents. Antimicrobial additives manufactured into the coatings repel disease-causing organisms and protect clients from bacteria, mold, and viruses.
Contact us to create an aesthetically pleasing locker layout that will improve crowd control, satisfy the diverse and unique needs of your patrons, and keep their belongings safe, secure, clean, and dry. DeBourgh Mfg Co's electric access control lockers safeguard your assets with secure storage, RFID detection, and charging facilities. Find out more about our high security lockers.