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Spray Ground Coming to Finley Aquatic Center!

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Finley Aquatic Center Spray Ground and Renovation Project

Update 9/13/23:

On September 12, 2023, City Council approved the contract award for the Finley Aquatic Center Spray Ground and Renovation Project in the amount of $5.3M. The contract was awarded to Waterworks Industries, Inc. of Windsor as the lowest responsible bidder.

Construction on the project is expected to begin in October 2023 and completed in May 2024, weather permitting.

Visit the Capital Projects webpage for more information about the construction project.  

Planning and Construction

Finley Aquatic Center will receive a major upgrade to include the construction of a new, modern splash pad and spray ground in the general location of the existing wading pool to surround pool deck and lawn areas. The exciting new spray ground will provide a multi-generational water play experience featuring an assortment of elements including a central water dump, water cannons, and a variety of other automatic and manually operated spray features.

The splash pad will be central to the design along the south edge of the aquatics center, with lawn and shaded picnic areas on either side. In addition, the project scope includes a new mechanical room, landscaping, and upgrades to adjacent pool deck areas, enabling access to the new facility and throughout the aquatic center swim area to be fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and allow for seamless movement between the spray ground and the existing pools.

Project Features

  • 15 interactive, recirculating spray features such as dripping palm trees, water cannons, deck sprayers, a super soaker, spraying arches, water activity table, and a variety of other automatic and manually operated elements.
  • Two new reservable picnic areas with tables and shade covers for birthday parties and community events.
  • New concrete pool decks to provide enhanced, ADA compliant accessibility and to replace the existing deck area which is aging and failing.
  • New tropical-themed landscaping, including palm trees, to create an enticing tropical paradise.

Project Schedule

Plans for the project are are being finalized for approval. We anticipate the project going out to bid early 2023 and breaking ground late August or early Sept. 2023. Project completion is scheduled for Summer of 2024. Please check back for future updates.

Project Schedule  
Design Complete Winter 2023
Request for Bids Early Spring 2023
Construction Begins Fall 2023
Construction Complete Summer 2024

Aquatic Center Closure & Program Availability

Finley Aquatic Center will be closed during construction. Finley aquatic programs displaced during closure will be held at the city’s Ridgway Swim Center as scheduling availability allows. For current information on the city’s aquatics programming, visit: Additionally, pool users may consider options available at other local community pools, such as the new Olympic sized pool at Santa Rosa Junior College, which is available for use through enrollment – search for aquatics classes with the Kinesiology Department at

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