The Main Attraction: Transforming your Community Pool with the Watermark Model

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As you can appreciate, swimming and wading pools are so essential to attracting new families and maintaining the vitality of a park or other community space. Whether they date back to the 70s or were more recently built, sooner or later they’ll be in need of updating. A major pool overhaul, however, can be daunting for many municipalities, especially in terms of cost.
But there’s another solution that doesn’t involve any major reconstruction and can be cost effective, easy to implement and can rejuvenate that old pool and have it back in action in no time at all. Why not consider refreshing your pool by adding new and attractive water play features and elements in or around it? Or go big with an aquatic play structure? Hundreds of municipalities have taken the plunge and added loads of play value with these simple additions that can fit into your budget and your pool’s normal maintenance schedule. You can usually just walk the elements in, hooking up to existing infrastructure can be simpler than you think.

Speaker Bio:
Terry Dubuc is Business Development Manager at Vortex Aquatic Structures International. As a senior manager with 25+ years of experience as a designer/builder, the last 10 years with Vortex, his area of expertise is municipal aquatic centers and commercial waterparks around the world. Working closely with aquatic designers, pool builders and landscape architects, Terry has provided solutions, design guidance and the expertise required to ensure successful builds from start to finish. Among his notable projects: Westgate Town Center Splashpad, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line “Splashaway Bays”, Disney resorts and many more.

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Bill Smith, Sales Executive
Bill is the sales executive for Indiana. He joined the Vortex sales team in March 2018, but he is not new to Vortex or its products and services! He has been working in the recreational field since 2000 and has more than 12 years’ experience as a strategic channel partner with Vortex.
Over the course of his career, Bill has been involved in over 175 aquatic play projects in Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, and Illinois. He has in-depth knowledge of all aspects of the process, from design to installation. Bill works alongside community leaders, landscape architects, architects, and city planners, developing an understanding of their specific community needs, and then creating a design and execution plan to make their aquatic play projects a reality.
Bill is a hands-on individual with a strong customer service focus. He has experience in all aspects of Splashpad ® troubleshooting and repairs, and often provides training to his clients for seasonal start-ups and shutdowns.
Bill is a lifelong resident of Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he lives with his wife and 3 boys. He is an avid car enthusiast, including working on and driving antique cars, and attending car shows. He is very involved in his sons’ sports, and coaches their basketball teams. They also find time to work with several local charities.
Indianapolis, IN
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Learning Outcomes
- Upon completion of this session, the participants will understand pool basics and the ABCs of refurbishing
- Learned the benefits of installing individual or multiple play features
- Will gain an overview of different play elements that can leave the biggest impact on communities.
Terry Dubuc; Bill Smith
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Indiana Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects

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