A $43-million aquatic park, The Wave, opens Saturday in Dublin, Calif. to kick off the Memorial Day weekend.
The 31,000-square-foot Emerald Glen Park facility is owned by the city, similar to how neighboring Antioch and Brentwood have family-friendly water parks. Fremont also has a city-owned water park. That's in addition to Water World, owned by a private company, in Concord.
Building The Wave raised some eyebrows during its construction as it was being constructed during California’s five-year drought, reported the Contra Costa County Times. The park uses about 480,000 gallons of water to fill its multiple pools, slides and splashy playground. And at the height of the drought, Dublin residents flooded City Hall urging leaders to nix or scale back the project, which was approved in February 2015.
The water used is potable water. The water used for the slides and play area is filtered, and then recycled back through the system so nothing is wasted, officials said.
But the winter rains helped ease those concerns, and many parents and children were excited to slip down the Slide Tower, jump around in the Splash Zone and dunk in the Sports Pool.
Tickets are affordably priced; between $13 to $15 for residents and $2 more for non-residents. General admission to Water World is nearly four times that price.
Dublin is not expecting to earn any profit the first year, in fact the city forecasts it will end up subsidizing the park for a while, according to city management analyst Shari Jackman. She said the city budgeted $2.5 million to operate the park in 2017 and only expect to generate $1.5 million. She said that after the first season, city leaders will have to make "adjustments" based on the actual expenses and revenues.
Most of the money to build the park came from the city’s development fees collected over 10 years and $3 million came from the city’s General Fund.
Jackman said building the park fulfills a 20-year-old dream. The project was first conceived in 1998. The city authorized the bid of the facility in 2014.
The park is located at Emerald Glen Park, 4201 Central Parkway in Dublin. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.