Sunset Pools and Spas

Swim From the (Major League) Sidelines

What does Major League Baseball and swimming have in common? Nothing if you live in Chicago.

However, if you’re one of those Chicago area residents who tend to flock to warmer climates during the colder months, you may want to check out the ballpark in Arizona.

Chase Field—home of the Arizona Diamondbacks—can hold more than 48,000 bodies. But not all of the fans who enter the stadium are headed toward a stadium seat. Several dozen of them are headed toward the swimming pool and hot tub.

It’s just as it sounds. The baseball stadium is well-known for boasting a swimming pool and spa in right center field for fans who are willing to pay the price. Ballpark patrons can reserve the space—which comes with a lifeguard, according to the ballpark website—as a private suite for a group of 35; however, for those who can afford it, the starting price for games in 2017 starts at $4,750 for a game.

Granted the Major League Baseball playoffs start next week—and we can guarantee you won’t see a playoff game taking place at Chase Field this season—it’s not too early to start planning ahead for next year. Baseball season starts when the wind is still blowing cold at Wrigley Field; however, during that time, the temperatures will still be perfect for a private sideline pool party out west at Chase Field.

 

Fourth of July (Poolside) Fun

What are your plans for this Fourth of July weekend?

Hopefully, you are planning to sit poolside with a good book or a refreshing beverage in hand, and if not, you are looking for an excuse to jump in the water.

For homeowners who have a pool—or even those who have a simple backyard for lounging—the Fourth of July is the perfect time to take advantage of it. Here are several ways that you can make the most of your inground pool or backyard space this holiday weekend:

Suggestion No. 1: Host a Pool Party

Hosting a summer pool party is a tradition in my family. It’s a great way to bring family and friends together for some mindless fun and bonding.

Instead of trying to figure out where to go this holiday weekend, why not host the party yourself and bring the fun to you? For tips on how to plan the perfect pool party for your backyard, check out our previous post on creating a party worthy pool.

Suggestion No. 2: Cook Up a Storm

Food is another way to bring people together, especially during a holiday weekend. You don’t need a fancy outdoor kitchen setup—a simple grill and some burgers will do. Remember: At the end of the day, it’s the people who share them with you who will help to make the most of your summer cookout.

Suggestion No. 3: Sit Back and Relax

Throwing a party or cooking for a large group may not always sound so great. Let’s be honest—it can add up to a lot of work. Maybe for you, relaxing under a pergola or napping in a lounge chair on the back porch is a more valuable use of your vacation time and a better way to spend a day off work.

Suggestion No. 4: Enjoy!

No matter your preference, here’s to a happy and safe Fourth of July weekend.



 


Imagine that it’s summer. It’s hot outside. The kids are antsy. They want to go swimming.

Especially in the unbearable heat, the idea of driving to the public pool, dealing with the massive crowds, and keeping track of your kids is not appealing. This is the moment when you wish you had your own private pool in your own backyard.

Having a private pool can be a true luxury, especially when you have kids that are always on the move and looking for something to do. However, having a private pool also comes with a lot of responsibility, which is why designing a pool that is safe for your kids is also important.


Consider a pool like the one pictured here. It provides a good example of a pool that was built with young children in mind. It was built with an automatic pool cover that homeowners can close when the pool is not in use. Additionally, a gate encloses the entire poolscape, providing an additional barrier between the water and the kids (or other guests who may not know how to swim).

Childproofing your pool is probably the most important step you can take when installing a pool in your yard. While there are several ways to go about this including teaching your child how to swim and installing an alarm system in the pool building the pool with child safety mechanisms already in place will help to provide an additional element of comfort and security during those times when the pool is not in use.