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Apex Center


"Our guests love the new features and are excited to have the pool updated with such a fun, creative structure. Thank you to Waterplay for helping us serve our community.”

LAURI DANNEMILLER| Executive Director for Apex Parks & Recreation District

Design Challenge

In 2000 the Apex Center debuted as one of America’s largest recreation centers with an exceptional offering of facilities and amenities. With new funding approved in 2016 the Apex Parks and Recreation Department embarked on a large-scale renovation project. Part of the design challenge was to revitalize the aquatic facility's existing offerings to continue to support the well-being and vibrancy of the community.


Delivered by design specialists at Water Technology Inc., Barker Rinker Seacat  and Aquatic Chemical Solutions, two new aquatic play amenities synchronize into a multi-faceted adventure for the whole community.

Revitalized Pool Play 

Creating a dramatic change of scene—the outdated leisure pool was transformed into a multi-level Activity Tower adventure. Installed on a gently sloping pool grade, the structure delivers safe yet stimulating fun for tots to teens. A Grasslands design narrated by lively wildflowers, splashing insects and a spectacular soaker bucket re-invigorates play for visitors of all energy levels. 

Inclusive Splash Pad 

The inviting nature theme continues outdoors—spilling across a 7,800 sq. ft. zero depth splash pad. Giant Cattails and showering stands of Rainforests border the recreational space. Shade structures and picnic tables keep parents, grandparents and caretakers cool and comfortable while children explore sensory, cognitive and physically engaging play features. Critter cannons in two companion sizes, thrilling Sneaky Soakers and clusters of ground sprays that bubble, spurt and gush. Visible from all angles—a Water Tower emblazoned with the Apex Parks & Recreation District logo offers clever branding and a symbolic gathering place for waterplayers.


The overall design delivers unprecedented play value, with limitless opportunity for social interaction between generations, families and the community at large.