DEARBORN – Families will be able to enjoy a new experience at Dunworth Pool next summer when two water slides debut at the complex.
Akin to a water park feature, the dual slides feature zippy curves from almost 15 feet off the ground.
One is an open-plume slide, which features two 360 degree curves and stretches 105 feet from deck to pool. The other is a closed plume slide with one 360 degree curve and 95 feet from deck to pool in length.
A steady stream of water from the pool will help shuttle slide riders through the tubes.
Mayor John O’Reilly Jr. championed the slides at Dunworth, saying that the modern amenity will make the pool even more family friendly and is another desirable feature that will help keep Dearborn competitive with other communities in retaining and attracting residents.
“We know the slides will appeal to even more swimmers, who will look forward to the rush of the movement, and the thrill of a big splash at the end,” he said. “It’s a safe way to be a little daring.”
The new slides will replace the current diving board well. The diving boards are antiquated and must be removed.
Renovation of the Dunworth diving pool will also bring the depth up from 13 feet 6 inches to between 3 and 4 feet.
The project is expected to reduce water usage by 220,000 gallons annually, and save the city $15,000 each year.
The slide project is the last phase of three that the city will implement to improve the Dunworth pools. Not only have the projects helped maintain the allure of Dunworth as Dearborn’s largest community pool, but also enhanced the character and appeal of the complex in general.
To view an example of the model of slides from Natural Structures, go to www.naturalstructures.com/aquatics_water_14-15.shtml?tab=7#TabbedPanels1 and then click the thumbnail for Model No. 1904.
Ford Woods Pool is also in the middle of a more family friendly transformation. The existing pool was demolished this summer, and a new pool complex is scheduled to open in time for the 2018 pool season.
It will feature a new zero-depth entry pool, two water slides, splash features and a giant shade umbrella in the wading area.
This will be in addition to the city’s three other existing pools at Ten Eyck, Lapeer, and Summer-Stephens parks.
All pools are closed for the year. Other options for late summer fun are at the splash pads at Hemlock, Crowley and Whitmore Bolles parks, which are open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. weather permitting and are free.