I need to go shopping this weekend to buy my daughter some more swimsuits. Once she sees Otter Cove Aquatic Park in St. Charles, I’m sure we’ll be returning again. And again. And again.
I was so lucky to get a guided tour of the not-quite-finished aquatic facility this week, and today I get to give readers of Go West Young Mom a sneak peek! If you grew up like me, thinking that a Slip ‘n’ Slide in your front yard was about as good as summer could get, I think you’ll be amazed by Otter Cove.
The 9-acre Otter Cove Aquatic Park is located at the intersection of Peck Road and Campton Hills Road on the west side of St. Charles. It is scheduled to open May 28, with a grand opening scheduled for June 4 featuring games, prizes and catered food.
The aquatic park is part of the St. Charles Park District and was made possible by the passing of a refendum in 2008. It is located right next to the Ottter Cove Splash Park, which I’m sure many of you are familiar with. Depending on what kind of pass you buy or daily rate you choose, you will be able to use just the splash park -– or travel between both the aquatic park and the splash park. (A park district staffer will man a gate between the two complexes and check wristbands.)
Otter Cove Aquatic Park was actually supposed to open in the summer of 2010, but late approval of several permits delayed its opening by an entire year.
When I visited on Wednesday, lounge chairs were being delivered and a worker was fixing a problem with some of the signs. Much of the landscaping might have to wait until fall.
My friendly and informative tour guide was Steve Muenz, assistant superintendent of recreation for the St. Charles Park District. I could tell that he is very proud of the facility, but he will be relieved when it opens!
The aquatic facility has four water areas, and all but the lap pool feature “zero-depth entry” (like you get on the sandy beach), which is particularly helpful for the elderly, people with disabilities and the very young. Here are some details on those water areas: