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Bunker Beach Waterpark

Coon Rapids, MN

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Bunker Beach Water Park is home to the first wave pool and longest lazy river in the state. The nine-acre destination waterpark is 20 minutes north of the Twin Cities in Minnesota and centrally located in Bunker Hills Regional Park in Coon Rapids. Bunker Beach was originally constructed in 1988 as a wave pool facility only. Since then, numerous features and attractions have been added in three phases in 2003, 2006, and 2010. In the spring of 2018, the County addressed the deterioration of the 30-year-old wave pool’s mechanical concrete structure. This was a short-term repair to allow for a more comprehensive asset preservation analysis of the entire facility.

In late 2018, the County hired Counsilman-Hunsaker to conduct a feasibility analysis of the wave pool infrastructure and mechanical areas and develop a facility-wide asset preservation plan. Through that process, Counsilman-Hunsaker developed multiple wave pool replacement options and associated costs. The $6.5 million project recommendation was supported by the Anoka County Parks Committee and approved by the Board of Commissioners in March 2020.

Status

Completed 2021

Project Amenities

The water park was closed for the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which made for a convenient time to begin renovations. It was determined by the Anoka County Board to proceed with entirely replacing the existing wave pool, adding a 3,000 sq. ft. children’s lagoon, adding family restrooms, a lactation room, extra parking spaces, and a new maintenance support facility.

Able to accommodate 1,000 swimmers, the new zero-depth entry wave pool has a total water surface area of 17,000 sq. ft. with water depths ranging from 0” to 5’-0”. The interior finish for the wave pool is Diamond Brite plaster. A wave pool heating system was added to provide a temperature boost to the water when needed. The existing wave pool recirculation and filtration system were incorporated into the wave pool design

17,000 SqFt Wave Pool

Four 150-horsepower motors capable of producing nine different wave patterns

3,000 SqFt Lagoon Play Area

Seven water features including bubblers, spiral tunnel, fun-brella, splash blaster, water weaver, mega soaker and waterfall

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