Designing Tropical Getaways in the North: Bamboo Bay

Bamboo Bay - Shoreview Community Center | Shoreview, MN

Bamboo Bay - Shoreview Community Center | Shoreview, MN

In 1990, the City of Shoreview, MN opened the Shoreview Community Center, complete with the Indoor Tropics Waterpark to provide residents with a beachy, winter getaway.

Over the years, the community center has expanded its fitness and wellness centers to better serve the needs of the community. More recently, working with BWBR Architects, the city made further additions to the Indoor Tropics Waterpark with a state-of-the-art children’s aquatic play area called Bamboo Bay.

A Growing Solution

The city’s waterpark renovation began with retrofitting the existing Indoor Tropics Waterpark pool deck in late 2018. Shoreview wanted to renovate the existing deck with an updated design, so they chose Life Floor in sandy shades and a natural Slate texture to reflect the tropical beachside theme of the park. Guests and staff immediately recognized the additional comfort and safety Life Floor provided, especially compared to the newly refinished epoxy floor in the locker rooms.

“Once we compared how well Life Floor worked, it was a big no-brainer,” Diana Buck, Aquatic Manager, recounted. “Especially with the locker rooms—we originally had epoxy, and as soon as we were done with the floors, we knew we should have put Life Floor in there.”

With Life Floor performing so well on the pool deck to reduce injuries and please guests, the city moved forward with the decision to add Life Floor to the locker rooms as soon as possible. “Adding Life Floor to the locker rooms was something a lot of people noticed right away: ‘Oh great, you got rid of the slippery floor!’” Buck noted once Life Floor had been installed.

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The build-out for Bamboo Bay, the multi-level spray structure expansion, was completed a few months after in early 2019. The city again chose Life Floor to cover the entire surrounding deck of the structure and the nearby locker rooms. In a recent interview, Buck expressed that she couldn’t be more thrilled with Life Floor as a solution to safer walkways and more comfortable standing areas for kids and her staff.

“It’s definitely a safer product and very obviously reduces slip and falls,” said Buck. “It’s very nice for the employees too because it helps reduce the aches and pains from standing. We get a lot of comments from our members who have been here since the building opened. They’re the people who say, ‘It’s the best thing ever!’ and ‘Thanks for doing this!’”

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A special thank you to Diana Buck and the City of Shoreview for your thoughts and experiences, we love being part of this local waterpark!