Taking aim at water fun
In an effort to bring as much variety as possible to the general populace which takes advantage of the Desert Wave Pool, an Aquaclimb wall and two water cannons were added to the indoor pool and wave facility, respectively.
The brainchild of facilities manager Tamara Gray, who has been employed at the center for more than 17 years, the idea was to appeal to as many age groups as possible with the small amount of grant money she had to work with.
"For several years I had seen pictures of these types of walls in magazines and always wanted one here," she said. "But it wasn't easy. I only had so much to work with (approximately $50,000) and water projects are not cheap. I went through several trade publications to find what I wanted, found a Salt Lake City contractor and we worked things out. I think we added a lot for the money we spent."
The climbing wall was installed three weeks ago and has already began to reap benefits, according to Gray. "Older kids really like this one," she said. "It's in the indoor pool area so there are more teenagers involved. So far, everyone seems to enjoy climbing up and jumping off of this wall."
To makes things run even more smoothly, there is room for two climbers to scamper up the structure simultaneously. The cost of the wall was about $15,000.
And while the water cannons which grace one side of the wave pool - and were installed in December of last year - were a bit more expensive, Gray said they were really a bargain. "They had to cut through the (concrete) deck, install pumps and electrical wires," she said. "Plus, the cannons will not rust and are very low maintenance ."
Gray added that there has yet to be any complaints from the public regarding the two projects. "My own kids just love them," she said. "And from what I've seen, a lot of other children like to play with them, as well." The canons - one red, the other blue - point out towards the pool and spray a jet of water that reaches far across. The water shuts down, however, if someone turns them towards the deck to splash a lifeguard.
"It doesn't seem like very big projects, but for the money we spent, I feel we got a real bargain," she said. Her immediate supervisor, Brett Cammans, facilities manager for the City of Price, concurred, saying, "Having a climbing wall is a pretty unique attraction, one that I have never seen before. The water cannons are also very popular in just the short time they have been in place.
"Tamara did a really good job on these projects," he added. "She spearheaded the effort and did great putting everything together. We want the public to have as much fun at this facility as possible and I believe with these new additions they will."
For more information on the Desert Wave Pool, its hours of operation and classes offered, call 637-7946.