by Samantha Fernandez
News Editor – The Lance
With waterslides, a wave pool, water coasters and a lazy river, Adventure Bay has become a hot spot for Windsorites and tourists coming to the area over the past year and to show their appreciation, the park celebrated it’s one-year anniversary with the public.
The Aquatic centre is not only home to Adventure Bay, but it also houses a 10-lane competitive pool which played host to the international children’s games last year. Michael Chantler, the assistant manager at Adventure Bay and the WIATC, said between the competitive pools and the park there is something for everyone.
“This has really offered a tourist destination to people coming from outside the community,” Chantler said. “It’s our chance to say happy birthday to Adventure Bay, so the focus is on the tourism side of the building today.”
As guests arrived throughout the morning, they had the chance to have some hot chocolate while listening to Beebo sing some songs. They also had the chance to take some fun photos in the photobooth provided by Shutterbugs.
Before the ceremonial cake cutting to begin the celebration, Mayor Drew Dilkens made a speech about the Adventure Bay and it’s importance to Windsor and Essex County.
“What you have here today is really four years of hard work and the first year of operations has been equally as difficult for us as we get out feet wet so to speak,” said Mayor Dilkens.
The facility is home to many different slides and attractions, including a dry area for children called Cannon Cove. But one of the main attractions is the Flow Rider, which Chantler said, is one of three in Canada. He referred to the FlowRider as the “piece de resistance” – their pride and joy.
“What we have here is something that you don’t see in many communities in Canada and we are very very lucky to have this facility,” said Dilkens. “We have something that we can be proud of right here in Windsor and Essex County.”
Families also expressed their thrill about the centre being open. Kristie Melko, a membership holder for the park, said her kids love it there.
“Almost every Sunday we are here,” said Melko. “My oldest’s favourite is the wave pool, the little one just likes to splash in the water and they both really like the activity pool. A place like this is super important because it gives our kids something to do in Windsor.”
More information about Adventure Bay can be found on their website.