Euless residents will soon have a splashy new toy.The Euless Family Life Center Aquatic Park is intended to be a reasonably priced place where residents can swim, slide and slosh until their skin prunes.“This is an aquatics facility to serve our citizens,” Deputy City Manager Loretta Getchell said. “It is not intended to compete with the commercial water parks in the area.”At its grand opening at 10 a.m. May 25, the 1.5-acre attraction at 300 W. Midway Drive will greet guests with a 325,000-gallon pool, a shallow-water play-and-leisure area, a lazy river around a landscaped island and a multilevel play structure with small slides and all manner of things that squirt, sprinkle and dump water on folks.The more adventurous types will find a 29-foot slide tower with a 171-foot flume and a 176-foot tube slide that dump riders into the pool. A third large slide has a separate splashdown area.There are also water-basketball and aerobics areas and a challenging lily pad crossing.Nowhere in the complex, which started construction in October, is the water deeper than 31/2 feet, Parks Director Ray McDonald said.“Before, it was just a pool that had been there since the 1950s,” McDonald said. “It had been renovated sometime in the mid- to late ’80s. It was about 80 by 40 feet. The shell of the pool was still good. We shallowed up the deep end, and it’s still part of the facility.”That’s part of how the city saved a few million dollars over original estimates, Getchell said.“Our initial estimates were that it would cost about $11 million to build,” she said. “We did it for $7.5 million without certificates of obligation, revenue bonds or general obligation bonds — no debt whatsoever.”The city paid for the water park in cash, mostly with money generated by fees from car rental companies, primarily at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, Getchell said.A 60,000-gallon indoor pool scheduled to open in November is included in the $7.5 million price, Getchell said.“That is a large component of what changed,” she said. “We’re using a design we saw in Fort Bend, where they used a nontraditional space.”The 8,000-square-foot indoor pool facility will have an oblong current channel for rehabilitation and resistance exercise and a few spray features and a slide designed to entertain younger users. It is designed to use wind during the summer so there’s no need for air conditioning and the chlorine smell isn’t overpowering, Getchell said.The pool itself will be right at 25 meters long and will include swim lanes, McDonald said. This report includes material from the Star-Telegram archives.
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