MERIDIAN - Roaring Springs Waterpark and Wahooz are expanding with new features scheduled to open later this year.

Today at Roaring Springs, crews removed the red bucket and blue faucet to make way for "Bearfoot Bay" which will replace the existing kids play area.

These are an artist's renderings of what Bearfoot Bay will look like.

The area will have three new twisty slides and an expanded shallow pool, designed as a wilderness playground.

It's scheduled to open on opening day now set for May 13.

At Wahooz, the Galaxy Event Center is scheduled to open in November.

The 12,500 square-foot center is billed as a facility that will be Meridian's largest and most upscale space for galas, receptions, trade shows and meetings -- with gourmet catered meals.

It will be able to seat up to 600 guests and have one large ballroom that can be divided into nine separate meeting rooms.

"We've been hearing from so many group leaders who are so excited and grateful to have a place right in the center of the Treasure Valley to hold their large group events," said marketing director Tiffany Quilici. "Bearfoot Bay is just perfect for Idaho families with its wilderness theme, because it will have about 20 animal-themed play features."

Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd announced the Roaring Springs and Wahooz projects Wednesday afternoon in her State of the City address.

The combined value of the projects is estimated at $6.1 million.

The Russell Corporation is the general contractor for both projects.

A rendering of the new Bearfoot Bay at Roaring Springs Waterpark.