North Branch YMCA Expansion
- Completed 2017
- Wichita, KS
The existing outdoor pool facility included a wave pool with adjacent shallow area features, water slide and plunge area, and a spray ground. The YMCA hired the Waters Edge team to help solve some problems with the existing pool, and add a new outdoor leisure pool to accommodate an increase in attendance numbers the past few summer swim seasons.
The existing wave pool was also not function correctly, the waves were too rough near the shallow area features, and they overflowed the zero depth gutter. To minimize costs, demolition, and reconstruction, our engineers suggested three steps to help with the wave issue.
- The first step was to replace the wave controller for better operation of the wave patterns
- As a second step, our team detailed an additional, larger gutter channel to capture the waves at the zero depth entry
- The third step would be to add a larger pipe to help get water out of the gutter channel and back to the filter area pits
The new outdoor pool provides more 3’ to 4’ deep, open water for older kids to play in, with several features. The pool is designed for the future addition of a water walk, and volleyball net. The new addition also has a new dedicated filter system to properly treat and the water. This facility serves to enhance an existing park area with the indoor YMCA exercise area and indoor pool, outdoor pool, spray ground, and several baseball fields.