SYRACUSE — It’s going to be a long, hot summer in Syracuse, but thankfully there’s a new way to cool off.
The former Syracuse Family Fun Center has expanded to include a new indoor-outdoor aquatic facility, and it has a new name, too: The Rush Funplex.
Folks in Syracuse have long lamented the absence of a public pool, being forced to send competitive swimming teams to the nearby Clearfield Aquatic Center or head on over to Layton City’s Surf-n-Swim for fun in the water.
The Rush family has been operating the Syracuse Family Fun Center for years as a bowling alley and indoor recreation facility until last year, when they secured an SBA loan and announced an expansion that would include an indoor glow-in-the-dark go cart track and an additional bowling alley.
When the new center opened on June 18th, the facility also included a new batting cage venue, meeting rooms, a cafe and – of course, the aquatic center.
The aquatic section includes an outdoor splash pad and lounge/deck to complement the indoor pool area that is accessible through huge hangar doors that swing open via huge hydraulic lifters.
Funplex owner Ed Rush told the Clipper his experience in building airplane hangars led to the idea of a swimming pool that could open up with retractable walls.
The pool area includes slides, fountains and an indoor ‘lazy’ river, in addition to the multi-lane lap pool for competition.
The pool opens at 5 a.m. for lap swim and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. for open swim. Tuesday to Saturday, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. is reserved for private pool parties.
The Rush Funplex will also work closely with local schools to provide incentives for their students to excel. Rush will also be forming their own “Blue Fins” youth swim team.
The complex offers a wide array of other activities for the whole family - from the soft bounce attractions for toddlers to laser tag, arcade games, bowling, batting cages and golf simulators for teens and adults.
Part of the facility’s grand opening included a promotion to benefit the Utah Food Bank in which patrons could donate canned goods for a discount.
The facility will also offer the pool to local physical therapists to provide a low impact recovery – along with a Thursday evening swim for those with special needs from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The Funplex is offering a special $39.95 Summer Swim Pass for individuals.
“Our goal is to provide a safe environment for families,” said Ed Rush in a statement. “We didn’t just build a building, we know it’s about building memories, with the opening of the new Rush Funplex, we think we hit it out of the park.”