The Connecticut Belair Swim and Tennis Club has served up summer fun in Montgomery County, Maryland since 1958. Over those years, the club has gone through many changes and improvements to keep the experience fun and relevant.
The club was ready for something new.
In 2011, the board of directors invested well over $1 million in big improvements for the pool. They added new decking, a beach-entry wading pool, bubblers, and geysers. They also erected a huge twisty tube slide, 19 feet tall with 104 feet of sliding surface. The members loved the improvements and were having a great time at the pool. But as board of directors member Mark Hudson notes, “We wanted another feature.”
Then Mark happened to see a picture of an aquatic climbing wall on the Internet. He knew how much people love climbing walls in a gym, and he was intrigued by the idea of having one at the pool. Could a climbing wall be the perfect addition to their facility? He decided to learn more.
The AquaClimb wall seemed like a great addition.
Mark contacted AquaClimb and worked with the sales team to learn about options and installation. He drove up to a nearby summer camp that had installed an AquaClimb wall for campers several years ago. He learned from the facility manager that the wall had been a huge success. In fact, it was one of the guests’ favorite features.
The board at Connecticut Belair was also impressed with the AquaClimb team’s knowledge, experience, and history of successful installations. They were responsive to questions and met personally with the board to discuss options. The pool community approved the high-quality construction, ease of installation, and high safety record of AquaClimb walls.
But not everyone was convinced.
Some people weren’t sure a climbing wall would pay off. They worried that members would lose interest, and the wall would go unused. It might work well at a summer camp, but those kids only stay for a week or two. Connecticut Belair’s members come to the pool all summer. Mark notes, “My big fear was do we put it up and the kids get sick of it?”
In the end, they decided to go ahead. They removed the lower diving board and installed a wall stretching 4 meters high and 2 meters wide. It was ready to go for the 2015 swimming season, and the results surprised everyone.
It’s the attraction of the year!
The AquaClimb wall became the most popular feature of the year. Mark notes that “it was a huge hit. There was a line to get on it the entire summer.” The enthusiasm remained high from the Memorial Day opening to Labor Day closing. And not only do kids love the climbing wall, but adults do, too!
The wall has also created positive “buzz” for the club in the general community. Drivers on the heavily trafficked Connecticut Avenue can see the dramatic structure from the road, which piques curiosity. And kids host summer birthday parties at the club where the AquaClimb features as a favorite activity.
Mark says the AquaClimb wall has exceeded his expectations, and he’d recommend it for any community pool or camp. He thinks it would be a great attraction at for-profit pools as well because it draws in new visitors. “We would do it again in a second. It was a great investment.”
If you’d like to explore how an AquaClimb wall might benefit your aquatic facility, contact us today for a free consultation.