Recreation-driven aquatic centers are morphing into innovative water playlands by merging the best features of public pools and commercial waterparks. These contemporary aquatic centers invite residents to partake in physical action and adventure with an impact on return visits to experience the thrill over and over again.
With that in mind, the City of Marion, Indiana, retained the design team of Counsilman-Hunsaker and Ratio Architects to design the cutting-edge Splash House at Junction Park. The $3.6 million facility features an array of amenities, including two waterslides with runouts, a bowl slide, water jungle gym, and lazy river.
Kids love the exhilaration of sliding down the 200 ft. open flume waterslide and the 189 ft. closed tube waterslide, both with multiple turns. But instead of exiting into a deep-water pool, they simply exit by running out at ground zero.
The bowl slide offers exploratory riders a 32 ft. tower with a chance to shoot down a 95-lineal-foot slide into a splash bowl, where they swirl around the funnel, then exit by a vertical drop of 37 ft. into a catch pool complete with exit stairs.
An interactive play structure with tipping buckets, located within the shallow body of the leisure pool, provides a multi-level interactive jungle gym where children can scamper through spraying water, climb across bridges, scurry over and under tunnels, and slide down just-their-size waterslides. Meanwhile the serpentine lazy river whisks guests on an adventurous but tranquil journey through the park. The facility also features an array of amenities: a vortex; zero-depth entry; hydrotherapy in-pool seating area; and a 2,000 sq. ft. bathhouse.
- 2008 - 'Dream Designs' - Aquatics International magazine