The dream for Pirate’s Bay was born when it became clear that the three existing pools in Baytown Texas, were obsolete. Funded by a bond program, the concept was to provide a variety of attractions to appeal to all ages, including teens. The pirate theming was inspired by local history. Baytown is located in a bay of the Gulf of Mexico, not far from where real-life Caribbean pirate Jean Lafitte and others operated.
Innovative energy savings features at Pirate’s Bay include the use of regenerative media filters and variable-speed-drive pumps. Continuous gutters on the extra-long, 600-linear-foot lazy river help reduce maintenance. The deck was patterned with saw joints and finished with a low maintenance broom finish concrete for slip resistance. Wet areas at spray pads and the zero-depth beach entrances were finished with a colored acrylic cement-textured deck topping.
Completed in May 2010, Pirate’s Bay incorporates numerous amenities on a relatively small footprint. The space features 349,800 square feet of aquatic space, including a 25-yard lap/fitness pool; two pirate-themed children’s play features; a pirate-themed crossing activity; a 670-foot-long lazy river, a FlowRider stationary wave machine; a bowl slide; a four-lane mat racer slide; two body flume water slides; two raft water slides; a climbing wall; a wet deck with bubblers; spraying palms and pirate-themed features; shallow-water leisure pool space; and kiddie slides.