After the 2020 season, the City of Edmond has reengaged the industry-leading recreation management firm, the Sports Facilities Companies (SFC) to operate Pelican Bay Aquatic Center. The family-favorite waterpark will reopen its doors to residents for a summer-long season beginning in May 2021 with improvements in operations, programming, events, and more. Following a national search, the firm has selected Marina Wells as General Manager for the property.
Wells joins the SFC team to lead daily operations for Pelican Bay with 13 years of experience in aquatics and programming. She has worked for the YMCA and for Oklahoma City area Parks and Rec Departments as a City Special Event Coordinator. She is a certified Aquatics Facility Operator and Lifeguard Instructor for the American Red Cross. About this new opportunity, Wells shared, “This May we will open with new events, programming, and membership benefits. I look forward to getting to know the Edmond community through Pelican Bay and providing a great swim experience as well as a fun, safe atmosphere for all our guests.”
“Serving our community by providing safe and quality aquatics programs is of the utmost importance to us,” says Diane Self, Recreation Program Manager of City of Edmond Parks and Recreation. “The Sports Facilities Companies have proven their ability to serve local residents and guests, provide high-quality programming and events, and manage every aspect of the property with care and excellence.”
Pelican Bay Aquatic Center, located near the heart of Edmond, opened in 2002. The waterpark features two 150 ft. water slides, diving boards, a current channel, an aquatic climbing wall and a slide splash pool as well as a playground, concessions, and bathhouses. In addition to learn-to-swim opportunities and programmed events, the Aquatic Center is available for birthday parties and large, full-facility rentals.
Jason Clement, Founder and CEO of SFC commented, “We are proud of the track record at Pelican Bay. The City of Edmond has been a great partner and the relationship is extremely productive. We look forward to bringing our experienced team focused on first-class programs and the very best experience for Edmond residents and guests of the pool.”
SFC is currently hiring lifeguards and other team members for Pelican Bay for the 2021 summer season. Interested applicants may learn more or apply online.
About Sports Facilities Companies: The Sports Facilities Advisory, LLC (SFA), Sports Facilities Development, LLC, and Sports Facilities Management, LLC (SFM) are headquartered in Clearwater, FL. Founded in 2003, SFA has served more than 2,000 communities, produced more than $10 billion in institutional-grade financial forecasts, and provided funding strategies and solutions for more than 70+ youth and amateur sports and recreation complexes worldwide. SFD serves facility owners through owner’s representation, venue planning, and procurement services during pre-development and construction. SFM provides industry-leading, results-driven management solutions for sports, fitness, recreation, and event venues nationwide. Since 2014, SFM-affiliated venues have hosted more than 100 million visitors and generated hundreds of millions of dollars in economic impact. For more information, visit: sportadvisory.com and sfmnetwork.com.