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December 09, 2014

Thoughts of Pirates Bay are keeping us in warm spirits!

Looks like we’re in for a harsh winter.  The holidays provide a nice diversion, but how we can maintain cheery dispositions until we thaw out weeks after Groundhog Day?

Try this for a coping mechanism: Reminisce about those hot summer days when you could retreat to a water park!

Last summer, one of Gator's favorite new installations was Pirates Bay Water Park, a facility owned by the city of Baytown, Texas.  Pirates Bay offers all sorts of action-packed activities for guests. Daredevils of all ages can find thrill after thrill from slide towers, a climbing wall, a large dumping bucket, an awesome array of spray nozzles and water guns, and an attraction that simulates ocean surfing. 

When it’s time to recuperate, nothing beats floating peacefully along the park’s 671-foot Lazy River.  And every lazy river deserves an eye-pleasing bridge, right?  So Baytown engineers planned a long-lasting, easy-to-maintain, cool-to-touch aluminum bridge to serve high volumes of park visitors.

After the project was already underway, GatorBridge was brought in to help maximize economy and performance on the bridge design. We worked with Austin Powers of Kimley-Horn (one of the nation's largest design, engineering and land planning consultants) to plan a great looking bridge that would stand up to the high traffic and also stay within budget. Gator also fabricated stairs to match the bridge, which helped to reduce concrete costs. 

The bridge and stair railings have a white powder-coat finish.  To make the bridge and stairs friendly to wet feet, Gator used Timber Tech twin finish composite decking.

We’re delighted GatorBridge will be playing a supporting role in the surging popularity of Pirates Bay Water Park.   133,308 people visited the park in 2013, its fourth year of operation, and its staff projected attendance of 170,000 in the 2014 season.

Keep th’ buccaneers swashbucklin’ through th’ gates, mates!

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