It’s a sizzling Spare the Air day. That should mean lots of kids biking (or being driven) to Fremont’s new Water Park. So far the park has topped out at about 1,000 customers a day — just shy of the 1,100 target the city had set. Today could be the day they hit the magic number.
I talked to Fremont’s Parks and Recreation Director Annabell Holland Friday afternoon about the idea of moving the city’s Children’s Natural History Museum to Central Park, but we started talking about the water park.
She said she’s happy with its performance, but not with the weather.
No, it’s still not averaging 1,100 kids per day (although Holland says that will be an easy mark to top come summer) but it’s doing just fine otherwise, she said.
The park has exceeded projections for season passes, concession sales and swim lessons, she said.
Cool weather both weekends.
Memorial Day weekend
5/24= 429 (high of 66 degrees)
UPDATE: It appears the discrepancy is because the city’s water tally only included the pool, while the water district was including the pool, irrigation, toilets, showers, etc. When all of that is factored in, the city thinks it would be closer to four million gallons a year, but that number is not definitive.
It’s still unclear how much water Fremont’s new water park is going to use. Earlier this year, the water district said it would be about 6.2 million gallons a year — the equivalent of 50 single-family homes.
But the city said that was way off, and that the most it would use would be about 1.1 million gallons — equivalent to about nine homes.
It turns out the district is using figures from the project’s architect and the city is using projections from the pool manager, said Water District GM Paul Piraino. He said the two agencies haven’t reconciled their numbers yet, and that, obviously, they have some concern about the discrepancy.
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.
The conservation measures, if they are put in place will not affect the water park this season, according to the water district. The measures would focus more on residential use, and not on commercial or industrial use so as limit economic impacts. The water park would fall into that category.
The park will use 6.2 million gallons of water a year, which the water district said was the equivalent of 50 single-family homes.
These rates have not been finalized and are subject to change:
Daily resident fee — $14.99
Non resident fee — $15.99
Daily resident shorter than four feet tall — $9.99
Daily non-resident shorter than four feet tall — $10.00
Season Pass resident — $65
Season Pass non-resident — $70