The Del Mar Family Aquatics Center in Aurora, Colorado is radically different from its predecessor: a 60-year old, maintenance-heavy pool that experienced a sharp decline in attendance and revenue. Pool staff also struggled to keep up with its antiquated mechanical systems and constant operating issues.
Having re-opened its gates in 2015 after two years of renovations, the Aquatics Center’s new 25-meter pool, diving well, splash park, family-friendly bathhouses, full-service concession stand, relaxation areas and walking path have made quite the impression on visitors. The Center has reported that it has more than doubled original revenue projections in the first year and it is drawing capacity crowds on a near-daily basis.
Looking to build something with a more recreational focus, the new Aquatics Center needed to appeal to the city’s young families and encourage them to spend the entire day at the facility. All the new amenities also had to be safe and appropriate for users of all ages, as well as be water-efficient.
The kids loved the water playground and with the modifications we have planned for this year, allowing for younger kids to access more of the structure, we anticipate even more happy customers.— J. Byron Fanning Jr., Manager of Recreation at the City of Aurora Parks, Recreation & Open Space Office
Vortex International was tasked with providing a large, visually impressive Elevations™ structure for the Center’s new splash park water playground. The multi-deck structure is one of Vortex’s tallest to date at 40ft, and is capped off by a massive colorful dumping bucket visible throughout the park. The Elevations™ structure also includes three slides for children of all ages, including smaller kiddie slides, an open air slide, and an enclosed flume slide, as well as various spraying water features in a variety of eye-catching colors.
From our perspective, the success at Del Mar was incredible. Our original revenue projections were for $100,000 and we more than doubled that amount last year, the first full year we were open.— J. Byron Fanning Jr., Manager of Recreation at the City of Aurora Parks, Recreation & Open Space Office