West River Community Center

A range of amenities was included to attract all age groups.

Families enjoy the 250-foot lazy river with vertical and flush water sprays; slides and underwater benches draw teens; and the T-Rex Cove play structure entertains smaller children. A separate zero-depth-entry pool provides little ones with another safe environment. The tower stands 33 feet high and features speed-, body- and flume slides.

Unlike many municipal facilities, the West River Community Center had a budget to provide high-quality theming, at $33.6 million. The designers chose a pre-historic dinosaur motif to play off the area’s geological past, which includes fossils and dinosaurs.

The project originally was set to be constructed in phases, with the lazy river to come later. When a very competitive market drove bids down, the team decided to build it all at once, requiring more work to be completed in the time frame.

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