Breaking ground for Sioux Center’s new outdoor aquatic center is just a few months away.
This week, the City Council approved a construction bid for the expanded outdoor water play area, which will include a lazy river, a variety of water slides, a water zip line, more space to swim, and diving boards.
“We’re really excited about the variety of fun features – the lazy river, the slides, the zip line. A lot of these are unique to our area and they’ll create a neat experience for a wide range of ages,” said Sioux Center’s All Seasons Center Director Dave Ruter. “We are hearing a lot of excitement and positive comments about what’s coming down the road in 2019.”
The outdoor aquatic center will be built near the existing outdoor pool at the All Seasons Center. The contractor, Peska Construction, of Sioux Falls, plans to complete the project by next May, ready for summer fun in 2019.
Ruter anticipates the existing outdoor pool will run mostly as normal this summer while work on the new features gets underway nearby.
“We think it might be neat for kids to watch the construction while it’s going on while they’re enjoying a day at the pool,” Ruter said.
City Manager Scott Wynja noted, since the All Seasons Center was built 16 years ago, planners anticipated a need and desire to add on to the outdoor pool area at some point in the future.
“With our growing community, we are seeing the need to add additional amenities and services to help Sioux Center continue to thrive,” he said. “It’s going to be fun watching pieces of this aquatic center come together as we look forward to having everyone come enjoy it.”
City staff has been collaborating with the project designer and Peska Construction to find low-impact cost savings in the project, and Wynja said they anticipate seeing those as the project moves forward.
Wynja noted the outdoor aquatic center project will do more than just add summer fun. It will also add to the bigger picture of what Sioux Center has to offer.
“Expanding our outdoor aquatic center is also another way to strengthen our community’s economic development. We are continuing to offer the great quality of life amenities that make Sioux Center a place people want to be,” Wynja said.