Steps to a successful

waterpark renovation Key questions to ask, and answer, before you get started


eeping the attraction mix fresh is always top of mind if you’re a waterpark owner. While adding a new ride or attraction might often be top of the list, you might not have the budget for a larger new installation every year. That’s when a renovation project might be something that you consider.

Renovation can encompass many different changes or updates that you could make within your park, from rebranding a ride or area to adding lighting or sound effects to an existing waterslide. The key is to figure out what pieces and parts you have in place to work with and then decide what to do with them.

To help you evaluate how to make a renovation project work for your facility, we asked Jim Dunn, president for Aquatic Development Group a series of questions about renovation projects and what makes them successful in today’s market.

Reading through his responses, you’ll quickly see why undertaking a renovation project in 2021 could be just the thing to keep your waterpark fresh and ready to get your guests excited for their next visit.

How often should a waterpark consider undertaking a renovation project? Waterparks should always be considering a renovation project because they are typically a cost-effective alternative to building a new feature while still providing marketability and a refresh in an area of your park—all resulting in a better guest experience. Also, you may be able to build within an existing foundation. And, if you are looking to utilize an existing area or feature for your renovation project, you already have some of these line items accounted for in your budget. I.e. filtration, mechanicals, pumps, equipment, staff to guard the ride, etc.

What are the top factors that a park should use to evaluate undertaking a renovation in their park?

When you are considering a renovation at a property, you should first ask yourself a few questions. Are there any areas that are not working as well as you’d like? Is an area starting to look tired and underused? Do people not flock to that kid’s area anymore?


Jim Dunn is an industry-leading designer and builder. His passion for creating innovative products and design solutions that build business has resulted in ADG’s InDepth process. A registered architect with over 30 years’ experience specializing in aquatics, Jim has received numerous awards including an Aquatics International’s Dream Designs award, WWA Executive Award and special recognitions from IAAPA and ARDA. Jim has been named to Aquatics International’s “Power 25,“ a prestigious roster of industry influencers working to establish a standard Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC).


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