Summer Sound Series: When You Only Want to Hear the Splish-Splash

Noisy Community Swimming Pool

The Situation

I run a community pool, and the noise from the screaming kids is disturbing our neighbors. How can we keep this noise contained?

The Solution

Exterior acoustics and sound problems can be a bit tricky to deal with, since there are a lot of variables and environmental factors that need to be considered. Luckily, we’re up to the challenge. The advantage in this case is there is already a fence around the pool for safety reasons. You’ll see how we’re going to use this in a second.

Depending on your location, your pool may or may not be open year-round. Here in Minnesota, we only have about a sixteen-day window where it’s nice enough outside to use a pool, so it wouldn’t make much sense to have panels in place year-round. In other areas, that may or may not be the case.

Echo Barrier Temporary Noise BarrierLet’s assume, for this case, the pool is open for three months of the year. The Echo Barrier exterior panels are one of our new products that can be either purchased or rented. This type of approach would be perfect for a three month per year application. The pool or community organization would be able to rent the blankets on an as-needed basis, rather than purchase them for the full cost. If the approach met the needs of the space, the panels could be purchased, but if it was discovered that the panels were not the right approach, the endeavor is a much lower-cost solution than purchasing the product outright initially.

The Echo Barrier panels can be installed directly onto a standard chain-link or privacy-style fence through the grommets provided. It is important to note that these can act like a “sail” when they catch the wind. You’ll want to verify ahead of time that your fence/structure will be able to support the wind load as well. These panels will block sound from being transmitted directly through the fence, in addition to absorbing some echo on the noise-source side – rather than bouncing the sound in the opposite direction. They are aesthetically pleasing and can be made with the company/city/etc logo, to make it seem more personalized. Happy swimming!


  1. Bruce Gibb

    We live in a high rise condo across from a large and noisy University Hospital. We have two balconies, one which protrudes faces the hospital ; the other facing away but is indented into the condo and has a 6′ x 9′ brick wall which reflects the hospital sounds into our condo when the floor-to-ceiling window is open. I am thinking about covering the wall with a panel, fabric, or other material to stop the noise which reflects off it. Does this make sense and what would you recommend?

    • Ted W


      Thanks for the comment. I am, unfortunately having a very difficult time trying to picture the nature of the problem as well as the building that you are describing. I can’t determine whether you are trying to block sound from getting into your space, or trying to reduce the echo and reverberation inside of the room. Would you mind sending me a few pictures of the space and the situation so that I have a better understanding of the problem and what you are trying to accomplish?


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