Water Park News

Fremont’s new water park scheduled to open this May in Central Park is not going use as much water as the water district said it would, says the city’s Parks and Recreation Director Annabell Holland.

The district estimated the water park will use about 6.2 million gallons of water — equivalent to about 50 Homes. But Holland said that’s incorrect.

Here is her rough estimate:

Average Water Customer  = 127,000 gallons per year

1 Time/Year Draining of Pools:
300,000 initial fill
660,000 Seasonal Maintenance
222,000 Off Season Maintenance
1,182,000 gallons estimated per year

which is the equivalent of 9.3 households

Before you ask, Doug, I don’t have time today to go back to the water folks and figure this out.

Also, Holland said that so far the city has sold more than 750 season passes and scheduled 30 birthday parties, which she said were pretty strong figures. Time will tell.

Matt Artz


  1. Anyone know how the Water Park is doing in this unusually cold June. How much money is going to have to come out of the General Fund to make up the difference. In operating cost.
    I hope this boondoggle does not cost the taxpayers of Fremont a fireman or policeman.
    Silliman Center is doing fine financially.

  2. Californiaguy, do you live in newark? Newark cannot pay for any of its firefighters. Crime is a big issue. Silliman center doing fine doesnt mean anything.

  3. Andy,
    I guess you live on Fremont. So, do I. The point I was making is the Silliman Center is financially Viable has been for years.
    Will the Water Park be as sucessful as Silliman Center.
    How much will the Water Park cost Fremont Taxpayers if it does not pay it’s way.
    Do you know Andy?

  4. CAGuy – Silliman Center is not making money and COF staff knew this prior to the start of construction of the new water park.

    I questioned COF staff two years ago, asking if they knew Newark’s facility was losing money. I was told COF had been in contact with Newark and was aware of that.

  5. Doug,
    What you say is true, but to what extent. I read a article about Silliman Center was losing money, but not very much. I goggled but could not find the article.
    If Newark is subsidizing it, good. It is open year around and offers something for the Whole Family.
    The taxpayers of Fremont will be subsidizing a facility that has a narrow appeal (young Teenagers) and is open only part of the year.
    Which one would you pick?

  6. COF is attempting to broaden the appeal of the new water park with a lap pool, open to seniors prior to the general opening time of 11 a.m.


    I have no objection to the concept, but the choice of location, i.e., Central Park, is a big mistake. We did not need another 1,100 people a day* migrating to a place intended for peace, tranquility and sanctuary.

    *est. of daily attendance needed to be financially self-sustaining

  7. Doug said “We did not need another 1,100 people a day* migrating to a place intended for peace, tranquility and sanctuary.”

    Compared to what the sports fields draw, that’s not so much. On soccer weekends, with up to 10 fields in use, and games every 90 or 120 minutes, there are a lot more than 1100 people migrating to Central Park.

  8. MTV – Yes, the sports field complex does draw a lot of people, our family included, for weekend soccer tournaments. Maybe it’s just the layout, but it doesn’t seem as crowded. There are multiple parking lots with multiple points of egress.

    The parking lots on the front side of the park are already at overflow capacity on weekends.

    This summer should prove interesting for the folks living on Rocket, Baylis and Mission View because that’s where the spillover traffic winds up.

    Still think the venue is wrong, wrong and wrong.

  9. Again, lake elizabeth is no lake tahoe or yosemite. It is just a artificial pond. Yes, there are some birds living in vicinity. But they are no longer wild after eating all the *asian* food people throw at them. So lets just stop pretending its some pristine location.

  10. Lake Elizabeth provides habitat for many wild birds including species rarely seen elsewhere in Fremont. These include the American Bittern that visited the New Marsh for several weeks last winter, a Great-Tailed Grackle, Loggerhead Shrikes, Burrowing Owls, and many others. According to the State of the Birds report issued in March by the Secretary of the Interior, one-third of the bird species in the U.S. are endangered, threatened, or in serious decline. We humans already have plenty of places to go to eat and amuse ourselves. It seems to me we ought to do our best to preserve whatever scraps of bird habitat, pristine or not, remain.

  11. Andy,
    Lake Elizabeth was a expansion of Stivers Lagoon. It is the lowest point in Fremont, many streams feed into the Lake and fresh water wetlands, I think it has been that way for several hundred years. So much for artificial.
    I think Doug and Charlotte did a excellent job on answering you about the birds.
    As far as the Asian racist remark, I will not respond to that.

  12. Most people don’t know that Lake Elizabeth is a flood control project actually owned by the Alameda County Flood Control District and operated by the city as a recreational amenity. It collects the runoff from the hills to the east and allows the water to be metered to the bay through the flood control channels, lessening the chances of downstream flooding.

    Even in the pre lake times, the lagoon functioned the same way. Oldtimers can remember that the lagoon would be overrun with aquatic plants, cat tails and such, which would dry out over the hot summer and then, almost every year, burn, creating huge black clouds of smoke.

    To add to Charlotte’s list of birds, there are golden eagles which winter at the lake also. Very impressive birds.

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