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Lions Water Adventure at Woodmens Community Center

Kinston, North Carolina

The Lions Water Adventure, which is part of the Woodman Community Center, is uniquely designed to accommodate the visually impaired.  The waterpark, which opened in Spring 2013, includes slides, lazy river, and a separate children’s leisure pool.  An additional 25-yard swimming pool and therapy pool is also located on the Woodmen Community Center Campus and has an inflatable “bubble” cover for use during winter months.

Water Technology, Inc. was hired to provide master planning and conceptual design of all four pools, schematic and engineering of the leisure pool, lazy river, slides, children’s leisure pool area, site, layout and mechanical space. WTI worked closely with the architect and foundation, offering aquatic design feedback on various elements that could be incorporated into the design that would best accommodate the goals of the facility.  The Family Water Adventure is noted as the most blind accessible pool in the world.  The deck is designed to have different textures to identify location and proximity between guest and pool edge.  The safari themed waterpark has animal prints impressions in the deck to lead guests to the various areas within the waterpark.  Unique elements incorporated into the design of the leisure pool include, warning strips, ample deck space, and various spray patterns that would create different sounds.  The outdoor facility is designed to operate separate from the community center, and includes an outdoor changing facility and concession stand for guests.

Project Facts

  • Considered one of the most blind accessible pool in the world.
  • The facility is the first of its kind built by the Woodmen Foundation, a charitable arm of Woodmen of the World Life Insurance; an Omaha, NE based company, which contributed $7 million towards the $12 million facility. Additional money for the facility came from the Golden LEAF foundation ($350,000), and city, county and state funding ($1 million). Generous donations from private individuals and the Kinston affiliate of the Lions industries for the Blind contributed the remaining $4 million needed for the waterpark.

Awards

  • Leading Edge Award, World Waterpark Association