A Water Park in Calabasas? Could be cool.

This could be a cool addition for the area if done right. Some consider the rendering above to be a little to “Vegas Resort” like…

The Calabasas City Council has taken the first step in developing a water park at De Anza Park on the west side of town, although some members were disappointed with the initial design and said it looked like a “Las Vegas resort.”

In 2003, when the city’s community services department was updating its parks and recreation master plan, a survey was sent to residents soliciting their ideas.

“The consistent theme that came back was an aquatics complex on the west side of Calabasas,” said Jeff Rubin, the city’s community services director.

The master plan, adopted by the City Council, called for an approximately $8-million water park.

Rubin said that last year Mayor Jonathon Wolfson approached him to discuss the water complex, and after meetings with Dan Huncke, recreation services manager, and Tony Coroalles, city manager, the planning for the project began taking shape.

Conceptual designs depict a water park complete with water slides, splash pool and a miniature river shaded by large palm trees. Also proposed are an eight-lane swimming pool, locker rooms, an office complex and a concession stand. Initial layouts show parking at the corner of Las Virgenes and Lost Hills roads.

“I’m a little concerned with the visual aspect,” Councilmember James Bozajian said at last week’s City Council meeting. “I’d prefer it not look like a resort. I’d like it to blend more. I would hate it to be an eyesore. . . . It looks like a Las Vegas hotel rather than what it should look like, which is a natural area.”

“I share Councilmember Bozajian’s concerns about the landscaping and the look,” Councilmember Mary Sue Maurer said. “It does look like Las Vegas.”

“These are just conceptual drawings to kind of bat around what it might look like,” Coroalles said. “We didn’t spend a lot of money on this. Before we went much further (we wanted to see) if there was council consensus, to see if this might be an idea worth pursuing.”

Mayor Wolfson agreed.

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