Lakeside to Improve Waterfront with Community Support of Lakeside Fund

Posted on August 22, 2012

A small wading pool has been part of the Lakeside Chautauqua waterfront for decades. Thousands of young Lakesiders have enjoyed splashing in the pool on hot summer days, and it still remains a centerpiece for children and their families today.       

For the 2013 summer season, Lakeside Chautauqua would like to transform the east waterfront into a recreational water play destination where children can experience a broader aquatic adventure using their imagination.

The envisioned recreational water play area will feature a newly constructed zero depth entry children’s pool and a state-of-the-art splash pad.

The zero depth entry pool will be built in the current location of the children’s pool with a few spray features. This area will have a fence for the safety of toddlers, young children and their families. Immediately east of the new pool area, the large splash pad will be installed.

A splash pad is an area for water play and interaction that has no standing water.

Water-erupting turtles, frogs and numerous other spray features will be staged throughout the 75-foot children’s splash pad.

In addition, a patio area will be situated further east of the splash pad so parents and grandparents can watch children enjoy the water adventure.

As young Lakesiders play in the sprays of water, they are engaging in activities that promote healthy play and learning.

Circular spray pipes and water basins encourage interactive play with groups of children while small sprays encourage younger children to interact with the water in a safe and fun environment.

The technology system is below ground and the spray features make water dance in patterns from jets in the concrete. A large tank will be sunk under the surface as freshwater is recycled and treated to the same level of quality swimming pool standards.

Lakeside Chautauqua is asking for your continued support to transform the waterfront into a recreational water play destination for children.

Five Lakeside families have already committed an $85,000 matching gift to the Lakeside Chautauqua community. These families will match each dollar raised up to $85,000 for the new recreational water play area until Dec. 31, 2012.

If an individual gives a $1,000 gift to the water play destination, Lakeside receives an additional $1,000, totaling $2,000 toward the project.

With your help, Lakeside Chautauqua will transform the current children’s pool into a larger and safer water play area for young Lakesiders to grow.

The new zero depth entry pool will be fenced for safety and include bench seating for adults, while the splash pad spray features will send children on a wild water adventure.

Lakesiders are invited to celebrate the waterfront and help Lakeside Chautauqua unveil a new water play destination by the summer of 2013.

To donate, visit, call (419) 798-5396 or email