New Westlake pool opens with a splash

After more than a year of construction, the Westlake Aquatic Center & Peterson Pool in Clague Park opened June 15. Photo by Denny Wendell

The city of Westlake proclaimed that it is ready for summer with the grand opening of its brand new pool complex on June 15. Hopefully Mother Nature was listening. With a light drizzle and temperatures in the 60s, it wasn’t exactly swimming weather as Mayor Dennis Clough raced down the three-story slide and broke through the ceremonial ribbon before splashing into the pool.

Residents of Westlake have been eagerly awaiting the renovation of Peterson Pool, and the added activities of the surrounding Westlake Aquatic Center (WAC). Construction began last spring on the $7.4 million project, which was approved by voters in 2018 with the passage of a 1/8% tax renewal levy.

The WAC features the 5,700 square foot Peterson Pool with lap lanes, a diving board and a 10-foot climbing wall; a plunge pool for the two renovated speed slides; a lazy river; a zero-depth-entry activity pool with low-slope slides for younger children and multiple water effects; and an interactive splash pad that mimics the natural flow of water in creeks, flood plains and cascades. The five water features total more than 20,000 square feet.

The pool deck includes several permanent shade structures, grassy areas, a concession stand and a 4,600 square foot bath house.

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Volume 11, Issue 12, Posted 10:40 AM, 06.18.2019