Award-Winning Water Park Delivers Fun for All


Located in Michigan’s Independence Lake County Park, the Blue Heron Bay complex is centrally located in the 414-acre green space. With over 20,000 square feet and an impressive number of water features to accommodate up to 420 people at once, the complex is the largest in North America and was built in conjunction with Washtenaw County Park Planners. Because of its significant contribution to the park, the Blue Heron Bay Splashpad® has been awarded a National Association of Country Park and Recreation Officials (NACPRO) award.


Splashpads are colorful and exciting. They offer greater value than a traditional pool and have a much higher fun value.

— Jeff Dehring Pla, ASLA, Principal Park Planner For Washtenaw County
    Blue Heron Bay, Independence Lake County Park, Michigan, USA

Divided into three areas, the water park features amenities for the whole family regardless of age or ability, employing a balanced, integrated configuration that includes a Splashpad®, Elevations™ structure and Waterslides. At one end in the toddler zone, bubbling fountains and animal shaped aquatic structures engage younger children. In the middle, a family zone with a multi-level Elevations structure and Superwave® dumping bucket rains water down below, while at the other end, an interactive zone with a 15-foot-high spider sprays water at the touch of a button.

The Waterslides are runout equipped for use in the zero-depth play environment, which makes lifeguards unnecessary. Instead, slide activity is controlled by safety monitors top and bottom.

The entire Water Park also implements the most advanced water conservation technologies and benefits from the largest Vortex Water Quality Management System (WQMS) ever built to recirculate water efficiently and safely to all park features, including all Poolplay®, Elevations™, Splashpad® and Waterslides components.

  • Solution Types Elevations™ & PlayNuk
    Splashpad®
    Waterslides
  • Location Michigan, United States
  • Project Types LEISURE & ENTERTAINMENT
    - Water Parks
    RECREATION & EDUCATION
    - Parks & Aquatic Centers
  • Opened June 2013
  • Park Planners Washtenaw County Park Planners

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