Water Park Design and Build at Columbus Zoo

The Challenge

Columbus zoo wanted to expand and revitalize their successful Zoombezi Bay waterpark, originally designed and built by ADG. The requirements for the new project included:

  • Incorporate the latest “safer play” technologies in aquatic attractions
  • Increase deck, lounge, and shaded areas to enhance guest experiences
  • Incorporate cabanas for an additional revenue stream and party buy-outs

The Solution

Columbus Zoo once again called on ADG to design and build their new Baboon Lagoon expansion and Zoombezi Bay revitalization. The project incorporated hundreds of exciting water features into one recreational setting that included a newly themed play structure complemented by an active zone with basketball, waterfalls and a challenging ropes course. To cater to the younger crowd, a vibrantly colored shallow play zone was added with fountains, sprayers and kiddie slides. Created for maximum family enjoyment, Baboon Lagoon is designed with 360 degree access from the new lounge decks and cabanas.

The Result

Already a successful waterpark, the new addition of Baboon Lagoon attracted over 410,000 visitors in its first season, increased group sales and season pass-holder attendance, and helped boost the overall attendance numbers by nearly 8,000 more than its former top summer in 2008.


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Aquatic Development Group