Arrr, Me Hearties!
This weekend was the "Splash!" waterpark's official Grand Opening, so I visited briefly again today just to get the lay of the land, er, water, hoping to finally run into my contact person (the Manager) there, figuring she'd have to be around somewhere during the festivities. (I'd e-mail corresponded with her before, and left phone messages, but so far hadn't spoken with her in person.) Here's the front entrance facade, by the way:
Well, I was right! And Lori turned out to be a real delight and supporter of our boat-running cause. She promised she and I would get together soon to iron out details (including entry costs), suggesting I call her this week to set up an official meeting time. She actually said more than once that the park really did want to have us show up to run our subs. (By chance today, in a parking lot adjacent to the waterpark was a big city-sanctioned R/C car racing circuit -- obviously ensconced there for the whole day with canopies set up and such -- so I believe La Mirada must really be used to this sort of thing. News to me.)
Anyway, I'm posting some more photos here. First are a couple of the now-completed giant Olympic pool -- still under construction during my last visit -- including a view from the cement bleachers alongside. This pool would be great for our purposes, but we'd have to have them temporarily remove the lane dividers for us, of course.
Off to the side is the "Buccaneer Bay" kids' area too, mentioned earlier. If permitted, it might provide a fun opportunity for some of the bigger, more powerful boats to "run the gauntlet" of its moat, as it were. Deft maneuvering would be required, especially in dealing with powerful filter-jet "tides." In places, this water really moves!
Probably best for our purposes, however, would be this mid-sized, mid-depth'd pool pretty much in the middle of the park. I didn't walk the perimeter noting specific depth soundings, but it appeared to be around six to eight feet deep in most areas. I believe it's to be used for swimming classes and training.
Here it is closer up. Again, a few lane dividers would need to be removed for us.
Its best feature though, which you really can't tell too well from the following picture, is the fact that the water comes all the way up to the lip of the pool. It's truly flush to the very top, meaning no leaning over for launching or retrieval of boats:
Anyway, as I said I should finally be talking with park management at some point in the next week or two to gain specifics about potential dates, times and costs. This also means it's time to initiate some kind of straw poll among our members about who's really interested in showing up, when (preferred days and dates), and how much you'd be willing to pay. I'm assuming at least a whole afternoon at the site, if not an entire day, but again I need to consult with park Brass about availability and group costs by the hour or by day segment. By the way, all facilities there are obviously new and plentiful, parking is close, handicap ramps are in evidence (great for bigger boats towed in on wheels), and fast food joints are nearby.
My intent now is to contact those individuals mentioned by name at the top of this thread for some input and guidance. Perhaps this is the wrong time of year to attempt this. On the other hand, maybe a day away from the holiday ramp-up sometime over the next six weeks is just what everyone needs. And since the park should be devoid of swimmers with the official close of the season, it's POSSIBLE we could get the place to ourselves -- and at a discount rate in consideration to boot -- all of which would be perfect!
So stay tuned for further updates. And if/when you soon get an e-mail query from yours truly, please sound off by responding with your thoughts.
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