The original pool and recreational facilities built in 1978 were demolished to make room for the new aquatic center. Adventure Cove nearly doubles the capacity of the original facility. EIKON seamlessly integrated the aquatic center to fit into the surrounding neighborhood from an architectural, planning, and usage standpoint.
EIKON worked with the client to make the best use of the available funds. EIKON looked at each building, pool, and site elements while studying ways to make the project most efficient functionally and fiscally. EIKON used established values for all project components as we value engineered. The City engaged its residents to help prioritize present and future water elements. The feedback from the community was incorporated into the overall planning and design.
Amenities include a leisure pool, lazy river, covered slide tower with two water slides, large deck with lounge chairs, shaded areas, rentable pavilion; restrooms with showers and concession stand, and new restrooms dedicated to the ballfields. The 3,400 SF leisure pool holds over 65,000 gallons of water. The pool has a zero-depth entry and multiple interactive water features. The 4,100 SF lazy river holds over 116,000 gallons of water and includes multiple entry points, water jets, and a vortex feature. There are 2 slides, one of which terminates in the lazy river while the other runs out to the pool deck.
The final design succeeded the client’s needs while also keeping the features desired by the community. Additionally, EIKON developed a master plan for the aquatic center to include a future wave pool, deep water pool, and expansions of the slides and lazy river. 2018 was the first full summer of operation for Adventure Cove, and the City of Abilene was able to host nearly 50,000 guests and have been able to boast 75-85% cost recovery for the facility.