Soon after the decision was made to proceed with development of the Jurupa aquatics facility, it was decided that sustainability was of paramount importance for the success of the project. This included the typical building and site sustainability topics such as energy efficiency, as well as economic sustainability.
The goal was to create a facility responsive to community needs while creating every imaginable opportunity to generate revenue that would help to offset the long-term operation and maintenance costs.
Creative considerations that maximize opportunities for revenue generation include a joint use agreement with the adjacent high school, resort style theming, and rental areas.
Located in the heart of a low-income area with few recreational amenities for local residents, stakeholders determined it was critical to have a high-quality, themed facility that would be a considerable investment in the area.
As a result, the project was divided into two sections covering 3.6 acres of aquatic space. There's a waterpark experience alongside a competition area with a 25-yard-by-35-meter competition pool that includes 1- and 3-meter diving boards and spectator seating. The competition pool is shared with the adjacent high school.
The two sides create a park that meets the needs of the community by offering year-round aquatic opportunities, including competitive swim programs, swim lessons, water fitness and recreation activities.
Completed in 2011 at a cost of $17.4 million, the Caribbean-themed waterpark space offers amenities including Riptide Reef, a tandem surf machine; Lil’ Mates Lagoon, a 5,300-square-foot pirate-themed splash playground for kids; Ne’er Endin’ River, an 11,700-square-foot continuous river with pools and bridges; and the Crow’s Nestslide tower, featuring three unique slides.