Frisco Outdoor Aquatic Center opening delayed, spray parks open

Outdoor Aquatic Center 3 One of the new features at the Outdoor Aquatic Center is the Preston Plunge, a 45-foot-tall, four-lane slide made for side-by-side racing.[/caption]

All three of Frisco’s spray parks opened for the season May 15, but the Frisco Athletic Center’s Outdoor Aquatic Center opening has been delayed from its original Memorial Day weekend opening date.

The center's tentative opening date has been moved to the first week of June.

City of Frisco officials said frequent recent rains have delayed construction on the center's expansion project.

“As much as we would love to be able to open Memorial Day, unfortunately the rainfall has caused a delay,” Parks and Recreation Director Rick Wieland said in a city news release. “Rain continues to be in the forecast. The contractor is taking advantage of every minute when his crews can work and they’re making progress. We’ll keep patrons updated about any further delays.”

City officials have named the new features.

The Preston Plunge is a 45-foot-tall, four-lane slide made for side-by-side racing. The Fort is a multilevel interactive water playground with slides and more than 85 spray features.

The Lazy River is expanded by 300 linear feet and winds around the park. Shade structures, party pavilions, a concession stand and restroom round out the $6 million project, which was funded by the Frisco Community Development Corp.

Spray parks

Frisco has three spray parks: J.R. Newman, 8211 Twin Falls Drive; Shepherds Glen, 12012 Shepherds Hill Drive; and Frisco Commons, 8000 McKinney Road.

The parks are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Water restrictions in previous years forced the closure of the spray parks at J.R. Newman and Shepherds Glen, but the spray park at Frisco Commons operates using well water. The Frisco Commons spray park has remained open during the summer season except for a period to do some repairs in 2014.


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