Public pools centered on communities and neighborhoods, provide easy and cheap entertainment. Most public pools are concrete based, with a concrete deck, and outer layer of grass. Most public pools are outside but some pools are housed inside, in constructs called natatoriums. Pools can be chemically chlorinated or saltwater chlorinated. Most hotels and resorts use public pools as well to add a note of luxury and high-class taste. Diving boards are fixed on the end of a pool to add excitement and a chance to practice jumps, diving, and acrobatics. Traditionally public pools containing children’s aquatic centers, or water play areas keep them enclosed in a separate area. These are intended for smaller children, toddlers and babies who are experiencing water for the first time.
Dimensions and shapes of public pools vary. Most public pools have a square or rectangular shape and are 25 to 50 meters long. Meters is the most common measurement for pools. Other features of public pools include lockers, showers, lifeguards, and concession stands, as well as slides and diving boards.
Requirements issued by the government, determine the safety regulations, and environments fit for public pools. Pools must have proper drainage systems and covers. Due to the ADA (Americans with Disability Act) pools must have entry and exit points to accommodate persons with disabilities. Ramps, motorized lifting mechanisms, and water proof wheelchair mechanisms are commonly used.