24 July 2021
Morrisville, North Carolina
I'm down finally visiting my family in America and dropped in for a quick swim today at the Morrisville Aquatic & Fitness Center. I emerged refreshed, relaxed and reflecting on this question: in climates with a decent summer but also the need for enclosure in the winter, why aren't more pools built with retractable roofs?
This is not a super large facility, but the six lane lap pool was all kitted out with both a digital and analog pace clock, starting blocks, a decently deep (8') deep end, absolutely crystalline water and delivered a joyous mix of shade and sun with the roof half-opened.
I'm sure this kind of roof is more expensive, but aesthetically this is fabulously pleasing and I would think it delivers a lot of flexibility for its patrons. Right on Morrisville!