The new Westlake Aquatic Center opened the morning of Saturday, June 15 as Mayor Dennis Clough, members of City Council and civic as well as community leaders braved drizzly weather to the inaugural splash.
“We all came here to get wet, didn’t we?!” exclaimed Mayor Dennis Clough enthusiastically as he cut the ribbon to the new pool complex by taking a ride down the new aquatic center slide.
Mayor Clough thanked all involved in the creation of the lavish community center, saving special praise for voters who passed a parks and recreation issue last year to fund various recreation projects around town without raising taxes.
“This is a great day for the City of Westlake,” Mayor Clough said. “The construction of the new Westlake Aquatic Center has been a city-wide effort for more than a year, and the end result is something our community can be proud of and benefit from for many years to come.”
The WAC features five bodies of water built to excite all ages, including:
· Peterson Pool (5,700 sq. ft.) – Traditional diving board and a 10 ft. climbing wall. The climbing wall allows guests to fall backwards into the pool, once they climb to the top. This pool features a cove area with seats and jets, a perfect place for parents to sit and watch kids in the shallow end of the lap pool.
· Slide Plunge Pool (1,200 sq. ft.) – The two existing 31’ 5” tall speed slides from the previous pool have been renovated.
· Lazy River (6,600 sq. ft.) – Choose between passive or adventurous paths while floating down the lazy river in a provided inner tube. The adventurous path features various spay canons and a dumping bucket.
· Activity Pool (5,300 sq. ft.) – This pool ranges from zero depth to 3 ft., allowing children of all ages to use. A large interactive water feature with multiple levels sits in the center of the pool with two low-slope slides perfect for smaller children. Multiple water effects on and around the structure encourage a total play experience.
· Splash Pad (2,000 sq. ft.) – The labyrinth feature highlights the splash pad that allows kids to engage with different life-like stream behaviors as water encounters creeks, flood plains ripples and cascades. The splash pad encourages interactive play by introducing loose objects like boats, duckies or sticks that float downstream.
Additionally, the WAC features a pool deck with space for more than 1,000 occupants, which includes multiple permanent shade structures and a pavilion. There is also grass space available for guests to lounge on a towel or blanket. The WAC Pool House includes a concession stand, administrative offices and changing/restrooms (men’s, women’s and family), and locker space is located conveniently just outside of the building. WAC members are able to plan a birthday party, have a picnic, or bring the kids for a swim.
The City of Westlake worked with Seitz Builders, Platform Cement and The Astro Pool Company since March 2018 to execute construction of the new facility.
For more information about WAC membership and admission please visit www.cityofwestlake.org/Pool.