In embarking on an aquatics project, the city leaders of Marion, Ind., wanted to create an exciting and entertaining multi-purpose experience for residents. They got just such a facility with Splash House at Junction Park. The $3.7 million facility opened in July 2007 and features an array of amenities designed to please a diverse crowd.
The more adventurous can enjoy the
facility’s multiple waterslides. The 200-foot open flume
waterslide and the 189-foot closed tube waterslide both include
multiple turns. Additionally, a bowl slide extends for
approximately 90-feet off of a 35-foot tower into a splash bowl
funnel where riders swirl around and drop vertically into an
eight-foot-deep catch pool.
For those looking to kick back, a leisure pool
features a zero-depth beach entry popular with guests looking to
soak up the water and sun while watching their children play in the
shallow water. Patrons can also congregate and relax in the
spa-like hydrotherapy in-pool seating area.
Flowing out of the leisure pool, a lazy river
winds though the park on an adventurous but tranquil voyage. The
river is popular as a floating journey or a water-walking space for
both fitness classes and adults seeking non-programmed
An interactive play structure with a
5-foot-diameter tipping bucket is also located within the leisure
pool. The attraction is a multi-level, interactive structure where
children can scamper through spraying water, climb across bridges,
scurry over and under tunnels, and slide down just-their-size
Finally, a water vortex creates an interesting
area in the leisure pool where water jets propel water in a
circular motion. Guests of all ages enjoy swimming in the swirling
water where imaginations determine the escapades. By turning of the
vortex pump, the area becomes a space for instruction and other
On the dry side, the facility offers ample shade.
There is a permanent shade structure over the concession patio and
several trees around the deck providing additional shade.
Additionally, a 1,200-square-foot equipment building keeps things
running smoothly and a 2,000-square-foot bathhouse including
restrooms, lockers and changing areas makes Splash House at
Junction Park a daylong experience.