Columbus Zoo’s Zoombezi Bay Opens Fourth Waterpark Expansion Completed by ADG

Cohoes, NY: The 22.7-acre Zoombezi Bay Water Park at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium opened to the public over the Memorial Day weekend with a new expansion named Otter Banks.

Designed and built by the Aquatic Development Group (ADG), this $ 3.7 million investment by the park on Otter Banks is the first expansion of Zoombezi Bay Water Park since 2014.

Zoombezi Bay General Manager John Gannon said guests have always asked for more space to relax, more slides and interactive attractions. Otter Banks has been designed to satisfy all these demands.

With an association that goes back more than a decade, the Columbus Zoo has chosen ADG to renovate, design and build its new Zoombezi Bay Water Park, open to the public in the summer of 2008. The park opened with attractions worth $ 20 million, back then, it had three new water slide complexes, a new 544,000-gallon Wild Tides wave pool and a 575,000-gallon action river called Roaring Rapids.

ADG In 2011 was invited to design a water slide expansion to provide two new slides, a 45’ uphill water coaster, and the first Boomerango Express half-pipe tube slide. Again in 2014, ADG designed and built the $4.5 million Baboon Lagoon children’s area expansion featuring nine children’s water slides, 90+ interactive water play features, and a giant 1,000-gallon dumping bucket.

In 2017, the Columbus Zoo once again called ADG for the fourth time to design and build their new extension, Outer Banks. Designed and built around ADG’s Adventure Lagoon water ride, the area has 2,500 square feet of active water play area with three separate play areas including a basketball pool, 3 waterfalls, and in-water seating. This place also has a 1,800 square foot action pool with an inflatable obstacle course; and a sliding complex with two 30-foot slides.

“Our goal here is to not have people standing in long lines, so the more activities we have, and the more space we have, the less lines people are going to be standing in,” said John Gannon.

Outer Banks has the capacity to hold about 500 guests at a time, which should ease some of the congestion in the park. In addition to these exciting water attractions, Otter Banks has an expanded lounge and 15,000 square feet of deck that gives visitors the chance to relax along the three new pools.

Otter Banks also has all-new cabanas, which are the perfect place to gather with friends and family or for a special occasion.

“We’re incredibly excited for the opening of Otter Banks. This aquatic attraction gives us the opportunity to provide our guests with an experience unlike any other in Central Ohio to include both adventure and relaxation while also offering more space and shorter lines during their visit,” said Columbus Zoo and Aquarium President/CEO Tom Stalf.

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Photo courtesy of Aquatic Development Group (ADG)

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