Typically, there’s not much hustle and bustle going on at Water World this time of year, but several construction projects have the site buzzing with activity as officials eye a Memorial Day grand opening.
Construction of the triple-flume slide tower, demolition of the former kiddie pool and renovations to the bathrooms and gift shop are just some of the projects that are ongoing.
At the Dothan City Commission meeting Tuesday, members approved another $186,300 project: new, high-grade carpeting for the wave pool area.
The last time new carpet was installed was 2007, and aquatics manager Kelly Carter said it was due for a refresh.
“It’s going to be a little bit darker,” she said. “The carpet we’re putting in now, the quality is a little bit better. We’re hoping it will far outlast the previous carpet.”
Last month, commissioners approved a design group to come up with drawings for a new kiddie pool.
The current kiddie pool, which is being disassembled for parts, was built to be a bumper boat pool in the 1980s. City Manager Kevin Cowper said at the last meeting that it would not be cost-effective to retrofit the kiddie pool into a new design because of the time and cost associated with bringing it up to code.
Some elements of the pool will be reused in the new pool, which will be relocated closer to the parking lot.
Carter said the new kiddie pool is still in the design phase, but will have a large zero-depth entry more suitable for young children.
“I think people are going to love it,” she said.
Artist renderings of the new design concept by Barge Design Solutions will be presented to the board within the next month.
Cabanas also are being installed; shading is being added close to the concession stand and other places; and landscaping improvements are being made around the park in preparation for the summer season, which will kick off Memorial Day with the park’s 40th-anniversary grand opening that will introduce many new amenities.
Carter is optimistic about the new additions and slate of improvements that are underway and forthcoming for the park.
“I think it’s time. For us to remain relevant in the community, we have to invest,” she said. “We have to put money back into the park so that people can continue to enjoy it for years to come.”