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Waterford Oaks Facility Condition Assessment (4/1/2021)

After 43 years of operation, Waterford Oaks Waterpark’s buildings, recreational features, and underground infrastructure have deteriorated with time and are outdated. The quantity of recreational opportunities has declined as features reach the end of their useful lives (as indicated by results of structural inspections), are removed and not replaced. Operationally, there has been a consistent difficulty in maintaining sufficient staff to keep the park open for the entire season. These factors have resulted in significant declines in attendance and revenue. 
As a first step in reviewing potential alternatives for the future of Waterford Oaks Waterpark, OCPR contracted with JFR Architects and Frank Rewold and Sons Construction Management to develop a Facility Condition Assessment to visually review, assess and confirm the facility conditions at the Waterford Oaks Waterpark and estimate costs for alternative investments into the waterpark.
The OCPR Fiscal Sustainability Committee recommends consideration of an updated and more sustainable concept for the waterpark area that is integrated into the overall vision for Waterford Oaks. The Committee is reviewing multiple alternatives for the future of the Waterford Oaks Waterpark, and the costs and benefits of each.  The Fiscal Sustainability Committee recommends the following: 
  • Open Waterford Waterpark in 2021 as is feasible under COVID-19 restrictions. Staff will have the waterpark ready, with essential repairs completed, to open on May 1. The boardwalk/bridge will be closed to the public. 
  • Re-imagine the future of Waterford Waterpark guided by public engagement and based on knowledge of existing conditions and the costs associated with correcting issues and/or adding recreational features. 
  • Planning staff to prepare draft public engagement plan for Fiscal Sustainability Committee review.