PSC was selected by the City of El Paso to design new aquatic facilities for City Districts 2, 4 and 7 in El Paso. These water parks are a part of the 2012 Quality of Life Bond which defines the City of El Paso’s mission to provide more recreational opportunities and enhance the quality of life for residents.

The aquatic facilities were designed with a wide range of age groups in mind from toddlers to high school students and adults. Water park features will include water slides, a leisure pool, lap pools, a toddler pool, a bathhouse, cabanas, and a full-service kitchen and concession stand. Although each park has similar features, the facilities incorporate unique designs that celebrate the culture of the local neighborhoods and history of El Paso’s people. A theming consultant was hired in the design of the themed elements, such as custom gates at each park’s entry.

El Paso Regional Aquatic Facilities: 2012 Quality of Life Program Water Parks from Parkhill, Smith & Cooper on Vimeo.

“Camp Cohen” Water Park is an adventure-themed family aquatic facility that will be constructed in Northeast El Paso in District 4. The park is a part of the Reimagining Cohen effort to revitalize the Cohen area. The waterpark will feature camp-themed flags at the entry area, a speed slide, water obstacle courses, a themed slide tower and a themed play structure at the leisure pool.

The site for “Lost Paradise” is in District 2 in Central El Paso and will be located west of Ross Middle School. This park has a Mayan history theme. Some themed features include fire bowls at the main entry, a sandblasted concrete Mayan calendar surrounded by stone columns, Mayan architectural elements on the building, slides that resemble snakes and a family slide.

“Chapoteo,” which means “splash” in Spanish, was designed with a fiesta theme for District 7. It will offer a unique experience based on celebrating the community culture of the Mission Valley. It will feature string lights, a Mexican fountain, sandblasted Papel Picado flags on the hardscape, custom signage, a bell tower and Mexican lantern light fixtures on the building for a fun fiesta ambiance.

These water parks are estimated to be completed in May 2020 in time for them to be enjoyed during Memorial Day weekend.

I think Parkhill, Smith and Cooper has been very receptive to the challenges that we’ve put before them as it relates to taking the design a little bit further and really thinking outside of the box in terms of the entertainment aspect that we want to create. This is not just a pool. It’s really thinking about the end product and how that’s going to be a great amenity to the community and how the community is going to engage with the physical element. Mary and her team have been very receptive and have collaborated very well with the city and the other consultants to be able to make that happen.

Sam Rodriguez, city engineer for the City of El Paso