Plunging Into Aquatics

Surfers enjoy the FlowRider wave pool.

Castaway Cove, the second zero-depth entry pool, is located at the rear of the park. This remote, yet relaxing destination, features spraying palm trees, a rain drop and plenty of shade and lounge chairs, which make it the perfect spot for those looking for a quiet place to escape.

For those looking for a challenge, Pollywog’s Pond is the place to go. The four-lane lap pool is flexible enough to be an adventurer’s dream. This interactive pool features a basketball hoop, a water crosswalk and a climbing wall, and is the location for the park’s popular “Dive-In Movie” nights. Also, a volleyball net can be stretched across the pool for special events.

The thrill and excitement of the ocean surf await those who dare to catch a wave on the park’s most popular attraction, the FlowRider. The attraction creates endless enjoyment as Pirates Bay allows stand-up riding and offers lessons.

On Land

After all of the excitement, visitors can enjoy a refreshing beverage and meal at The Galley, a concession stand that offers a variety of items, including hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza and nachos. Guests may bring coolers into the park; however, alcohol and glass containers are not allowed.

Pirates Bay offers an array of rental opportunities. For those who want a shady spot to host a birthday party or family get-together, cabana rentals are available daily. These giant umbrellas allow groups to enjoy the park’s amenities, while offering six, large, shaded picnic tables, perfect for getting out of the sun.

Pirates Bay also offers an indoor, air-conditioned pavilion (including a kitchenette complete with refrigerator, stove, microwave, ice maker and a private restroom), which provides a secure environment for larger parties. The pavilion, available year-round, includes tables and chairs and staff assistance in setup and tear-down.

The aquatic facility’s master plan also recommended another, smaller waterpark and several spray parks to be added in the city. On September 2, 2010, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for Calypso Cove, a smaller waterpark with a community focus.

Located in the southern part of town, it provides residents access to a state-of-the-art waterpark. It will feature a four-lane lap pool, slide tower, water crosswalk, interactive play feature, zero-depth entry pool and water cannons.

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Scott Johnson is the director of the parks and recreation department in Baytown, Texas. He can be reached via e-mail at

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    Dear Sir or Madam,

    I was just wondering if the pool maintenance people would be interested in receiving literature on our commercial robotic pool cleaners. If so, could you let me know whose attention I would need to send it.

    Thank you for your Time and have a Great Day!

    Matthew D. Naughton
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