Park West center debuts new splash pad

Kyla Zerth, 5, plays at Park West’s new splash pad. (Photos by Pablo Robles)

As temperatures are heating up for the summer, the Valley has a new way to keep cool: Park West’s splash pad is now open to the public.

The water feature, in the shape of an agave flower, mimicking the redesigned logo of Park West, is at the center of the premier family-friendly shopping and entertainment destination. It’s one of the main components of Commercial Investment Real Estate (CIRE) Equity’s $4 million renovation of the Peoria shopping center.

“We have always envisioned Park West to evolve into a regional shopping and entertainment destination capable of bringing people together through safe and interactive experiences,” said Jill Kobe, director of property management at San Diego-based CIRE Equity.

“The opening of our splash pad is a major milestone in achieving this. We hope that it becomes a public gathering spot, where meeting new people and reconnecting with friends and neighbors is the norm.”

The amenity is surrounded by tables and chairs for adults to relax while children enjoy water play. The splash pad is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Park West is planning to add large format yard games and family-friendly events to the area.

“It’s an exciting time to be in Peoria. We are creating the future that serves our residents of today and those still to come,” Mayor Cathy Carlat said.

“It is a pleasure to watch the progress and success of CIRE as they enhance the places and spaces that contribute to our healthy lifestyle and prosperous economy.”

A grand re-opening of the property is scheduled for fall. Cold Beers and Cheeseburgers and OrangeTheory Fitness have already opened, with Koi Poke, Creamistry, Hash Kitchen, The Sicilian Butcher, The Sicilian Baker, Jalapeno Inferno, Pita Jungle and Forever 21 joining the list soon.

The multi-million dollar renovations include wood lattices, misters and greenery that will line the walkways of the center, creating shade throughout. New monument signs will be at the exits along Northern and 99th avenues, and both sides of the Loop 101 freeways will have Park West signage, complete with tenant information.

Park West is located just off the Loop 101 at Northern Avenue. Additional information can be found at shopparkwest.com or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.