El Pasoans will be getting several new places to cool off during the hot summer months in the coming years.

City Council recently awarded a contract for design services of four water parks that will located in the Lower Valley, Central, West side, and Northeast.

“These water parks are going to revamp and modernize our aquatics program,” Capital Improvement Department Director Sam Rodriguez said in a city press release. “[The state of the art facilities] will provide our community with exceptional recreational opportunities...and serve people of all ages.”

Each of the water parks will be 6,000 square feet facilities and will have:

• Water slides
• Toddler splash area
• Lazy River water play area
• A lap pool with climbing wall and water basketball
• Zero depth entry water play area and water spray ground

They will also include amenities and services such as:

• Bathhouse
• Outdoor grill, concessions, and party room
• Cabanas that can be reserved for events and gathering

Two of the water parks will replace outdated outdoor pools; the 56-year-old Lionel Forti pool at 1225 Giles in the Lower Valley, and the Chelsea outdoor pool in Central. Both were deemed unusable due to structural defects and have been closed for several years now.

Presumably, those will be built first. The other aquatic facilities will be in the Northeast and the Westside at sites still to be determined.

No word at this time on completion dates as the projects are in the design phase. The city will provide a construction schedule after the design phase is completed.

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