Maryland Heights’ outdoor water park, Aquaport, opened in 1998 and has since become a regional attraction boasting multiple water slides, a lazy river, kids’ area and more. In 2021, major renovations were completed to the facility. Highlights of the project included:
- The addition of the FlowRider feature which incorporates elements of surfing, bodyboarding and wakeboarding. This new feature is the only one of its kind in the Bi-State area. The next closest FlowRider is approximately four hours away in Kansas City/Republic, Mo. or Chicago.
- New water filtration and chemical system for the entire facility.
- Completely renovated family restrooms, food preparation areas and concessions, administration office, equipment rental space, first aid room and entrance with dedicated resident and non-resident queue lines.
- Updated kiddie area with St. Louis Cardinals—themed features.
- All pools repainted with high performance epoxy paint to better protect foundations from moisture, chemicals and seasonal temperatures.
Guests first experience the renovation as they enter the facility through the new open air, covered entry kiosk. There are two entry lines, one dedicated for Maryland Heights residents and season pass holders and one for general admission . The covered area adjacent to the kiosk at the entrance of the facility also provided needed shelter for guests and staff in the event of inclement weather.
Part of the renovation took place outside of public view. In 2019, Aquaport was still operating with the original filtration systems and pool recirculation configurations originally built in 1998. The renovation team made a priority to install all new high efficiency filtration equipment. This included new motors, pumps and chemical control systems.
Renovations were also completed in the locker rooms and office space. The locker rooms have all new and updated fixtures, partitions, and flooring. ADA compliance was top priority along with aesthetics and ease for use. The concession stand, lifeguard office, managers office included a complete renovation and restructure within the existing building. Over 500 sqft was added to the main building to meet the redesign including new food prep area and a walk-in refrigerator and freezer combo. The redesign also allowed a designated first aid room and doubled the lifeguard office. Like the locker rooms, all the floors were resurfaced and new fixtures were added. Additionally all lighting in the main building and locker rooms were updated to LED low cost light fixtures and occupancy sensors.
In addition to the renovations, the City’s marketing staff redesigned the logo. Aquaport’s logo redesign intended to modernize the brand while keeping with the characteristics of being fun and high-energy. The blue wave of the logo represents many of the attractions at the park including the new surfing feature, FlowRider. The wave is reminiscent of one you might find surfing in California or Hawaii. The mark also forms a lowercase “a” tying back to the first letter in “Aquaport.” The new logo type was simplified when compared to the old logo, dropping the multicolored geometric shapes. “Maryland Heights, MO” was added to promote the city as a whole as Aquaport has become a regional attraction.