Great Outdoors Waterpark
Lafayette, CO
  • Pool Type Outdoor 25-Yard, Outdoor Leisure
  • Project Type Parks & Recreation
  • Project Service Design Services
  • StatusCompleted 2017
  • ArchitectEssenza


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Lafayette voters approved a ballot measure in 2014 supporting the expansion of the La Mont Does Pool into an outdoor waterpark. The new pool complex has multiple amenities including a new 4,000 sq. ft. bathhouse (designed to reflect a modern mining theme with woods and metals), a remodel of the existing bathhouse to accommodate a new snack bar area, a remodel of the existing lap pool to meet ADA requirements, a leisure pool, lazy river and two new waterslides. In addition to the aforementioned site improvements, the facility includes 94,000 sq. ft. of landscaped area and a new 141 space parking lot located to the south the remodeled aquatic center.

Aquatic features include a new 3,300 sq. ft.  recreation pool, vortex, play structure, tot slide, various spray features, as well as two new runout slides at the west side of the site; and a 2,400 sq. ft. lazy river with aquatic monkey bars, stair entry and underwater benches. The 3,150 sq. ft. existing lap pool remodel includes a new rock climbing wall, a rope swing, two zip lines, a water walk course, and cargo net.

The building design is intended to reflect on the mining theme of Lafayette’s history with a modern twist. Materials like heavy timbers and metal siding are included in the design and attached to the materials board to express materials that were used both then and now. Concrete block with a charcoal grey integral color adds a modern touch to the materials of the past, but ties in with its clean lines and vertical stacking.