Westlake Aquatic Center Opens with a Splash!

Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough makes a splash at the Aquatic Center ribbon cutting.

Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough has celebrated many ribbon-cuttings throughout the years, but none quite like the one at the opening of the new Westlake Aquatic Center last Saturday morning.

Donning swim suit and tank top, Mayor Clough climbed the stairs to the top of the 30-foot speed slide and slipped down the chute to break the ceremonial ribbon as he plunged into the water.

“Well, we came here to get wet, didn’t we?” exclaimed the Mayor as he welcomed guests to the impressive civic centerpiece.

The Aquatic Center was funded by the approval of a ⅛% levy renewal in 2018 (no new taxes).

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.

Westlake City Council members gather around the original Peterson Pool plaque, 1998, at the grand opening of the new Westlake Aquatic Center. Pictured are: Michael O’Donnell, Ward 1, Law Director Michael Maloney, Nick Nunnari, Ward 2, Lynda Appel, Ward 1, Mayor Clough, Dennis Sullivan, Ward 3, Ken Brady, Ward 4 and Mark Getsay, Ward 6.

Bob DeMinico, Director of Recreation, Mayor Clough and Don Cisar, Aquatics Manager.

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.

“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 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.

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