Tri-City Court Club to add water park

KENNEWICK -- The Tri-City Court Club in Kennewick hopes to have a water park feature open by the start of summer.

Site preparation should start within two weeks, with removal of two outdoor tennis courts.

In their place will be a pool, lazy river and a 28-foot tall twisting water slide, said Stephen Wallenfels, marketing director for the court club.

The proposed project, which still was waiting for a building permit Friday, will be built by Dan Sanders Construction of Richland.

Water Technology of Beaver Dam, Wisc., is designing the park.

The project is separate from two other previously announced water parks planned in Pasco and Kennewick.

Wallenfels said a name has not been selected for the water park, which will be available for club members and their guests.

"We are always looking for family-friendly things to have at the club. And this has always been part of (owner Carl Cadwell's) vision. It's just the next step," Wallenfels said.

The project is planned to have a zero-entry pool and a swirling water vortex. A second-story cabana area suitable for parties, rentals and barbecues also is planned.

Wallenfels said that while the water park project probably will be the first to open this year in the Tri-Cities, it isn't a new concept for health clubs in the Pacific Northwest.

"It is not unusual among health clubs, but there isn't one in the Tri-Cities at this time," he said.

* John Trumbo: 509-582-1529; jtrumbo@tricityherald.com