Commentary by Pat Pickett
Just when you thought you had experienced all the adventures possible at The Waterpark, Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation is excited to announce the addition of the AquaClimb®, which will be referred to as The Wall, just in time for the 2014 summer season, which begins on Saturday, May 24.
Developed for poolside wall-climbing recreation, the AquaClimb® 3D Ice provides a 5-foot by 3-foot, clear acrylic climbing wall where kids and adults alike can safely test their climbing skills while getting fit. Climbers swim up to The Wall and the climb starts slightly below the pool surface. They climb as far as they can without using ropes or belays, and when they let go, they make a harmless splash, adding to their fun. In addition to a great physical workout, aquatic climbing works out the “thinking muscles” as well, requiring a combination of creative thinking and physical output
The Wall follows the 2012 addition of the Double FlowRider® to Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation’s Waterpark (Indiana’s only stationary surf ride). The dynamic adventure duo will make The Waterpark located at the Monon Community Center in Central Park an increasingly popular destination for families. Visitors can come to surf the waves, scale The Wall, relax in the lazy river, cool off on the Adventure Slides, and catch an adrenaline rush as they drop down the Plunge Slide. This is one outdoor aquatic experience unmatched in the region!
And when you’re taking a break from all that adventure, take a rest in one of our spacious, furnished cabanas complete with privacy blinds, cooler, secured locker, charging station and ceiling fan. Cabanas hold up to eight people and are available for rental by visiting carmelclayparks.com. Rental prices range from weekday rates to weekend and holiday rates; discounted rates exist for late day rentals after 4 p.m. Rental rates begin at $29 for late-day weekday rentals and top out at $99 for a full-day rental on weekends and holidays.
Tucked away in the natural setting in Carmel’s Central Park, The Waterpark includes a 3.5-acre outdoor aquatic wonderland for individuals of all ages, levels and abilities, including an extensive adaptive program for those with special needs including zero-depth entrances, accessible lifts in the lap/activity pool, deep pool, and catch pool, a water wheelchair and accessible inner tubes for the Lazy River.
Open from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday thru Thursday and 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Friday thru Sunday, with a capacity of 2,098, The Waterpark is home to 10 exciting features:
- The Wall (AquaClimb® 3D Ice)
- Furnished, shady cabanas
- Zero-depth activity pool
- Interactive water features
- Water play structure
- Lap Pool with six 25-meter lanes
- Tot slide (must be under 48” tall)
- 1/8-mile Lazy River
- Two large water slides (must be 48” tall)
- One-meter diving board
- Plunge Slide (must be 48” tall)
General admission to The Waterpark, just $10 for adults and $6 for youngsters ages 3 to 15 and seniors. Admission also allows access to the Monon Community Center, a 146,000-square-foot recreation facility adjacent to The Waterpark featuring an Indoor Aquatics, Fitness Center, three-court gymnasium, and KidZone (childcare). In addition, more than five miles of natural hiking trails surround The Waterpark and Monon Community Center with easy access to the adjacent trails and Monon Greenway.