Construction has just been completed in Palm Springs on the $11-million Oasis Waterpark on Gene Autry Trail just south of Ramon Road, a project that taxed the abilities of the designer.
The problem was the 50-foot mountain needed for the water slides. The city, owner of the land and thus virtually a partner, wanted it to be a pleasing addition to the city's landscape.
"The city wants our artificial mountain to match the real mountains surrounding us," park manager John Kocourek said. "Even though we need an oasis atmosphere for all our water activities inside the park, the mountain as seen from the road, must be all rock and desert vegetation."
The Palm Desert landscape architecture firm of Ronald Gregory Associates was hired to design the mountain, along with the landscaping throughout the park. It succeeded but it had difficulties.