Drop Zone Water Park Preparing for May 24 Grand Opening

The 50-meter competition swimming pool will be used both by paying guests and high school teams.
It has created a first-class venue resulting in the formation of swim programs at both Menifee public high schools.

It provides opportunities for aquatic workouts, splash fun for the kids, wild rides down water slides, or a lazy float down the river.

It's Drop Zone Water Park -- the new name given to the Perris-Menifee Valley Aquatic Center, a $24 million, 12-acre project that has been two years in the making, with plans dating back much further than that. When the complex at 2165 Trumble Road in Perris opens to the public on May 24, it will be the realization of a dream for Riverside County officials and a much-needed recreational opportunity for local residents of all ages.

"I grew up swimming and playing water polo since I was 7," said Cheryl Salazar, aquatics coordinator for the park. "This place is an incredible facility for water sports."

Salazar came to the facility from The Cove, a water park run by the county in Riverside. Noting the popularity of water sports there, she is excited about bringing a similar, even more modern facility to Menifee, Perris and surrounding areas.

Once all the final inspections and clearances by county officials are completed, the Olympic-size pool will be available for use by the new swim teams at Paloma Valley and Heritage high schools. Mt. San Jacinto College is exploring the possibility of starting a women's water polo program because of this new venue.

The pool, which measures 50 meters by 25 yards, can accommodate races at both distances, using an integrated timing system and electronic scoreboard. The pool includes two 1-meter diving boards and one 3-meter board. There are grandstands for spectators during swim meets as well as plenty of deck space for guests when the pool is open for public use.

But that's just one of the attractions. Drop Zone Water Park, which is built with a skydiving and aviation theme, also includes:

-- Two large water slides (right) where guests can participate in "mat racing" from a tower down to the water below.

-- An open-air water slide and a tube slide from the same platform (above).

-- A "Lil' Jumpers" water play structure for kids from toddlers to 10 years.

-- Ground Geysers that shoot up from the concrete to surprise visitors.

-- The Meridian Springs pool, which is shallow enough (4 feet) for youngsters to play and take beginning swim lessons.

-- Locker rooms serving both the big pool and the attractions on the other side of the park.

-- The Jet Stream (left): A "lazy river" attraction in which guests can float slowly around a large island.

-- The Flow Rider: An attraction which allows guests to body surf and stand-up surf.

-- Beach volleyball.

-- The "Fill Station" snack bar and covered eating area.

-- Banquet rooms and cabana areas available for rent.

From May 24 until June 13, when summer break begins for students, the water park will be upon on weekends only. It will then be open daily through Aug. 17, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., then on weekends only until the park closes for the off-season in the fall.

Swimmers may buy admission to the competition pool only for $3 (adults) and $2 (children and seniors). A monthly lap swim pass costs $30. Private and group lessons will also be available for an additional fee.

Daily admission to the entire water park is $18 (adults), $14 (juniors) and $9 (toddlers), with children under 30 inches tall admitted free. Great savings are available with a season pass, however.

Residents living in the 92570, 92571, 92585, 92567 and 92584 zip codes may purchase a season pass for $53 (adults), $47 (juniors) and $41 (toddlers). Non-resident fees are slightly higher. A family (4+) pass can be purchased for $47 per person.

The facility is funded through Riverside County. Salazar said income is expected to cover much of the expenses, however.

Applications are now being accepted for seasonal positions as lifeguards, cashiers and food service workers through the park's website.

Salazar expects big crowds once the facility opens. Capacity for the competition pool is 627 and as many as 1,800 guests are expected to fill the entire park on a given day.

"People can't wait for this to open," Salazar said. "The construction workers are constantly answering questions from people who are peeking in. Even the workers are asking, 'Hey, we built this place. Can we get a discount?' "

Guests can use boards provided by the park to body board or surf on the Flow Rider.

The Lil' Jumper area provides a playground for children as young as 18 months.







14 Comments:

  1. What about the rest of us that live in Menifee???? No season pass for us in 92587???? What's the deal?

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  2. I wish you had posted a map showing the location.

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  3. The west is not on the city's radar..except for our tax dollars...92587 gets very little if any consideration...I have seen all the projects going to different area's with our tax dollars funding them...

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  4. 92587 needs to be able to get a season pass too!

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  5. The zipcode limitation is ridiculous!

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  6. how about homeland 92548, which is the city right next door, I would like to be able to get resident prices.

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  7. 92587 is part of MENIFEE it should be counted!

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  8. Menifee 92586 should count also!

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  9. I think all of Riverside County should be counted. .

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  10. ARE YOU ALL GOING TO JUST COMPLAIN OR ARE YOU ACTUALLY GOING TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT??? GET DOWN TO A CITY COUNCIL MEETING AND LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD......CHANCES ARE THEY KNEW YOU WOULDN'T SHOW UP IN PERSON TO COMPLAIN AND THAT'S WHY THEY LEFT YOU OUT...........SHOW THEM THEY'RE WRONG :-) GO GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR!!!

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  11. Like the park but I'm disappointed that they don't promote healthy food choices. I was forced to throw out healthy food or eat in the parking lot. Needless to say I broke down and bought the chicken tenders and French fries kids meal. My son is very over wieght do to his medications so I bought the season pass in hopes of him to try to lose Wight but when he see all the poor food choices and him working up an appetite with all swimming I'm left with no choice their food....that sucks

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