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2006 Recreational Facility

Elks Aquatic Facility – Bismarck

Owner: Bismarck Parks and Recreation Supplier: Dakota Ready Mix
Contractor: Associated Pool Builders, Inc. Engineer/Landscape Architect: Kadrmas, Lee & Jackson
Contractor: Northwest Contracting, Inc.

The new Elks Aquatic Facility, otherwise known as “the splash park”, fills a void in the Bismarck community for the under 10 age-group of children. It has replaced the original Elks pool built in 1932 with a wonderfully thought-out combination of splash and swimming options. These options include a pool facility, zero depth access, splash areas, water slides, bathrooms, shower rooms, shelters, and playgrounds. Combining a great mix of talent and vision, Kadrmas, Lee and Jackson and the Bismarck Parks and Recreation Planning Committee provided a concept for the splash park which was thoroughly thought-out and designed to meet a vision of clean looks, flexible use and handicap accessibility.

To secure the aesthetics for the pool, the contractor used shotcrete technology to form the smooth curves of the pool interior. Aesthetics also mandated that the pool bottom be cast in one continuous pour to avoid cold joints. In addition, the Kadrmas Lee and Jackson landscape architecture staff brought some interesting innovations to the construction table. Pool bottoms received Diamond Brite @ Exposed Aggregate Finishes which was sprayed on and hand finished to a thickness of 3/8”. Diamond Bright combines quartz aggregate, polymer modified cement and non-fading diamond quartz to give the pool water its unique color and a non-slip surface. Even the new playground concrete surface received innovative surface treatments. Here, the application of a recycled post-industrial EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer) rubber and polyurethane surface was used to create bright colors and resiliency.

Combining concrete placement for the pool, bathhouse, playground, parking lot, and sidewalks, over 900 cubic yards of concrete was used in the project. Project owners are planning for another 70 years of use from this beautiful new facility while filling a void for a safe, introductory, and accessible water environment for the citizens of Bismarck.