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'One of the biggest' water parks on the West Coast soon may be less than an hour away

Slip sliding into summer at the Birch Bay Waterslides

Swimmers enjoy the Birch Bay Waterslides in Whatcom County in 2013.
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Swimmers enjoy the Birch Bay Waterslides in Whatcom County in 2013.

Even after Mother Nature teased us with some brilliant blue skies over the weekend and record-high temperatures on Monday, it's still a little too early to start dreaming of splashing around in a water park. But maybe not for much longer.

The Tulalip Tribes, according to a story by the Everett Herald, are looking into the the possibility of building a large, indoor water park on the north end of Quil Ceda Village near Marysville.

“It’ll be very significant in size,” tribal board member and treasurer Les Parks told the Herald. “I can’t tell you how big that is, but I can tell you in my vision it would be one of the biggest, if not the biggest, on the West Coast.”

The tribes see the possible water park and an adjoining hotel as an potential anchor tenant for an entertainment complex in the area that could include a movie theater, a concert venue and a destination video game arcade, similar to Dave & Buster's.

Though the tribes still need to do a feasibility study, the proposed park would include pools for young children, wave pools for teens and adults and areas for older customers and those with disabilities. The tribes also also have considered installing a retractable roof, so that it can be enjoyed year round, and solar panels to generate energy.

Construction on the park wouldn't begin until 2019, at the earliest, Parks told the Herald, but the tribes broke ground last year an a $140 million hotel and casino to replace Quil Ceda Creek Casino.

The water park could be a welcome addition for Whatcom County families, who currently have the Birch Bay Waterslides in their own backyard during the summer months or could make the long trek south to Federal Way for the outdoor Wild Waves Theme and Water Park.

Langley, B.C., also is planning to open a new outdoor water park June 29, according to a story in the Abbotsford News last month. The Otter Co-op Outdoor Experience water park will include three water slides, an interactive lazy river, a multi-story, circus-theme aqua play structure, spray features, a tidal pool, a giant movie screen, a massive hot tub, a leisure pool, a competition pool, diving boards and an elaborate dry playground.

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