SplashDown Replacement Discussions to Take Place

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Columbia Association has scheduled two public meetings to discuss replacing SplashDown and turning one of CA’s outdoor pools into a year-round indoor pool.

SplashDown has been a source of problems for CA since at least 2007 when the interior of the tubes had to be re-caulked. In 2011 CA spent $84,000 making repairs to the water slides after structural issues were found in the stairs tower. Also, a recent engineering study noted that slides’ tubes need to be replaced, an expense that would cost the CA at least $250,000, according to CA’s Aquatics Master plan.

In addition, the Master Plan notes that in 2011, general attendance of SplashDown amounted to 2,150 people and 419 birthday parties, a decline from 2007 when 5,000 people attended and 680 birthday parties took place.

The two meetings, scheduled for Oct. 24 and Nov. 27, will be used to discuss a new family friendly amenity to replace SplashDown.

The other issue to be discussed will be which pool to change from an outdoor pool to a year-round indoor pool. CA identified six pools that could become indoor pools—Dasher Green, Huntington, Jeffers Hill, Phelps Luck, Locust Park or Talbott Springs.

CA hired an Illinois firm to conduct two feasibility studies on the issues, which will be presented at the meetings, according to a press statement.

The meetings will take place on Oct. 24 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Owen Brown Community Center at 6800 Cradlerock Way and on Nov. 27 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Hawthorn Center at 6175 Sunny Spring.

What should replace SplashDown? Tell us in comments.

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KRead October 11, 2012 at 12:55 AM
My kids love Splashdown and we would be very sorry to see it go. The Swim Center is telling people that Splashdown is being repaired and will reopen the end of November.
Gina October 11, 2012 at 12:24 PM
Anne Arundel Aquatic Center has a nice family friendly indoor water park for kids of all ages. They have a few indoor slides, whirlpool, nickelodian style play area for little kids, and other swimming areas. It would be nice to see something like that go in there, AAAC is always packed and their party slots are filled up like 6-8 months in advance!
BOH October 12, 2012 at 06:48 PM
I can think of a number of reasons why attendance at Splashdown/Swim Center might be pretty low. One is that it was closed down long enough that a lot of people just got out of the mindset of going there, and that effect may gradually subside. Another is that WLVC is still a ghost town, although there's a plan in progress to change that. I'll describe some family-related reasons why I don't go very often: 1. KidSpace time is next to nothing. It's 9am-noon M-F, and no weekend hours. That means it's basically only available for stay-at-home parents. 2. The kid pool is just a rectangle of plain, and doesn't really encourage interaction between kids. No toys, mushroom waterfalls, slide, or even a seesaw like Supreme Sports. I have one 3YO and one 7YO, and since there's no KidSpace for my 3YO, my 7YO has to stay with us in the kid pool, bored to death. Heck, even the 3YO sometimes gets bored, because there aren't any real amenities. I think a lot of parents with multiple kids probably experience the same thing. At least the Columbia Gym has a beach entry, so both kids can enjoy the pool. 3. There's only one family changing room, which makes it extremely inconvenient for parents with small children. By contrast, there are three family changing rooms at the Columbia Gym. One family can take 20min. to change sometimes, and there's often a line, so it takes forever to take a child of the opposite sex to the bathroom, change clothes, etc. It's simply impractical.


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