Public swimming pools across the country are closing due to budget cuts and monetary deficits ( http://bit.ly/jQaRCN ). Because public pools can be costly to maintain due to the huge volume of swimmers, they are considered an unnecessary extravagance in many cities. This takes away a staple summer past-time from both kids and parents in the affected towns. If your local public pool has closed, bring the pool experience to your own home! Pool ownership is affordable and fun! Here are a few options that you can choose from:
- In Ground Pools are available in many shapes and sizes. They offer a long-term solution for many families looking for an at-home swimming option. However, they are very costly to install and can represent an investment of $20,000+.
- Traditional Above Ground Pools are available in a wide variety of sizes and are great for large families or if you have frequent visitors. They are much less expensive that in ground pools and are easy to maintain. You can usually have your pool set up in one or more days (compared to weeks or even months with an in ground pool).
- Soft-sided Splash Pools are similar to traditional above ground pools, but more simple. You can have the pool set up and filling with water in around one hour. It does not require tools and can be easily stored when not in use. They are available in several sizes and depths.