The Waterpark at the Monon Community Center is a popular aquatic facility drawing visitors of all ages and lifestyles to Central Indiana. Located in Carmel and operated by Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation (CCPR), The Waterpark serves an average of 6,000 guests in a weekend!
As attendance soars each summer, so does the importance of keeping The Waterpark updated and in pristine condition. CCPR's goal is to add a new feature every two years so The Waterpark retains existing users and attracts first-time visitors while providing fresh and exciting experiences.
"Continuing to update our amenities is very important," said CCPR Director Mark Westermeier. "The new activity play feature allows us to serve a broader range of ages and interests to those who visit our park."
The department contacted the aquatic play professionals at Vortex to plan and design an enhanced activity pool feature that would fit well into the existing space with more fun features than the previous attraction. The team focused on creating a memorable, unique, and safe play experience for The Waterpark's guests.
The new activity pool structure is larger than the previous feature and has a futuristic appearance. It is two stories high and includes a 12-foot enclosed waterslide, more than 10 spray features, a zero-depth Splashpad® and a dump bucket that is sure to entertain visitors of all ages for hours.
CCPR management agrees that the new feature meets and exceeds their goal for the project.
CCPR holds the Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association for parks serving populations of 75,001 to 150,000.
CCPR and The Waterpark have also been recognized nationally for broad inclusion by the National Recreation and Park Association. CCPR received the Excellence in Inclusion Award to recognize and honor an agency that has embraced its mandate to implement inclusive processes and practices and provide well-planned supports for inclusive participation by people with disabilities and diversity in all programs, services, and facilities.
The new activity pool feature has been an outstanding addition to The Waterpark. It really provides a ‘wow’ moment when you first arrive at the park, and it gives children, who are not quite tall enough to ride the bigger adventure slides, something a little more exciting.— Kurtis Baumgartner, Monon Community Center Director
"CCPR has created a culture of inclusion, striving to ensure all park visitors, program participants, and employees feel valued and welcomed regardless of their abilities or differences," according to Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation's Chief Operating Officer Michael Klitzing, as reported in the local press. "From our formal policies to everyday practices, CCPR is dedicated to serving everyone in the community."
CCPR's new activity feature has dramatically improved its customers' experience at The Waterpark. Perhaps this Facebook post from a local mom best sums up the community's sentiment toward The Waterpark: "This place is actually awesome!"