The opening of Westlake Aquatic Center followed many years of planning, highlighted by extensive citizen engagement. The facility replaced the existing Peterson Pool, which was renovated in 1988 to include the first zero-depth public pool in Ohio.
Westlake has seen significant development growth, beginning in the 1970s, with sizable increases in population and household income. The focus by the city and the design team was the “experience” to be offered to Westlake residents. As leisure operators know, the experience includes everything from cleanliness to features, to programs, to food service, to staff and much more.
While swim lanes were essential to fulfill the needs of swim lessons and lap swimmers, experience had shown in neighboring communities that recreational features such as lazy rivers, slides and fountains are the real draws. The sprayground features include ground sprays, vertical features and a stream-simulating Water Journey™. An activity pool includes dueling dumping buckets, an elevation play unit and a water table play feature. A lazy river features a dumping bucket, tumbling buckets and spray cannons.