Great Outdoor Waterpark

City of Lafayette


4,000 SF Bathhouse, 9,000 SF of pool area
38,000 SF deck area
5 Acre Site


June 2017

Lafayette, CO

The Great Outdoors Water Park replaced an outdoor pool that had become unsafe and inefficient. A bond measure, a Great Outdoors Colorado grant, and private donations allowed for creating a multi-generation community park amenity. The bathhouse embraces a modern mining theme by using wood and metals. To help pool patrons experience and learn about nature in the Rocky Mountains artistic features and plaques to showcase native plants, animals, and rocks were included in the design.
The aquatic elements create a space that patrons of all ages can enjoy, including a zero-depth pool, a lazy river, and two large slides. “Water monkey bars", a first in the State of Colorado, were installed in the center of the lazy river. Essenza Architecture worked with the owner to save the lazy river"”the number one community requested feature"”from being removed during value engineering.