The wave pool at Kandle Park & Pool in Tacoma, Wash.,— the first in the county and one of a few in the state of Washington — features 120 linear feet of zero-depth beach area for accessibility. The machines produce up to 3-foot waves in multiple configurations, yet imitating the ocean isn’t the sole purpose of this attraction. Instead, features such as a dumping bucket, the “fumbling five,” and water cannons were included to engage those not looking to hang 10. The pool also hosts swim lessons and off-hours lap swimming, which take place in four 25-meter lanes placed in the deep end.
The circular “Tot Pool” is not only accessible to little ones, but also versatile. The zero-depth perimeter gradually descends to 12 inches, and low-impact waterfeatures, such as geysers and a cascading water toy, offer small children a safe, calm environment. When the larger wave pool is closed, the Tot Pool can be drained and function as a spraypark for older kids.
Despite a 9-foot elevation change on the site, minimal grading was needed due to careful placement of the pool. A chamber holding the wave-generating equipment was tucked below a viewing platform at grade, which ramps down to the pool’s zero-depth entry. Because the facility is located on a busy street, the designers placed support buildings and landscaping to shield patrons from traffic and parking.