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Wetlands Water Park kicks off new season

Splashing for all ages began at Wetlands Water Park Saturday for the 2014 season and will continue until Labor Day.
“We are hoping for a dry, hot season,” Wetlands Water Park Director Matt Townsend said. “We are ready to get started. We have been working on it all spring.”
Townsend, along with his staff, have been working diligently for weeks to get the park ready for the season. He said they performed such tasks as draining, scrubbing and washing the bottom of the pool, looking at the filter stations to make sure there were no issues, checking all the pipes, preparing the cafe, and training the aquatics staff.
The seven-acre park, which offers an abundance of water-related activities, is located at 1523 Persimmon Ridge Road.
The park’s main attractions are the three large flume fiberglass slides — an 80-foot enclosed slide, a 100-foot open slide and a 200-foot slide.
“The kids seem to like them a lot,” Townsend said.
If the large slides are not of interest, the park also offers two family slides, a 120-foot lazy river, water bubblers, tumbles and a zero-depth wading pool guaranteed to cool down swimmers this summer.
Tube rentals are available at the park for $4 for the lazy river.
“We have tube rentals, so you can rent tubes and float around and relax a little bit,” Townsend said.
He said there is a lot of fun and action with no long lines.
Swim lessons are also offered at Wetlands Water Park for those who are 4 years old and older. Townsend said the lessons are broken down into various levels.
By the end of the weeklong session, “our goal is to go up one level, if not two or three,” he said.
Sessions are held Monday through Thursday from 8:30-9:30 a.m.
“All of our instructors are Red Cross certified life guards,” Townsend said.
Those interested can sign up for swim lessons by visiting the customer service area of the park.
Cost is $60 for a week of lessons.
Townsend said in years past they have received a good turnout for the lessons.
Wetlands Water Park also has a beach volleyball court, pavilion rentals for private parties and birthday parties and a full-service cafe.
The cafe has such favorites as pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken, fries, cheese sticks, salads and, of course, ice cream. Beverages are also available.
Last season the weather did not cooperate, Townsend said, leaving the area with lots of rainy days and not many visitors.
This year, he said, the weather will hopefully be better.
Townsend also said one of his focuses during the upcoming season will be seeing what new and exciting options may be available to improve the park in the future.
Admission prices have remained the same for this season. It is $12 for adults, $9 for children 4 to 12 years old and free for youngsters 3 and younger.
The park is open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Once the Washington County schools are back in session in the fall, the schedule will change from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. The park will be closed during the week.
For more information, call 753-1553 or visit www.wetlandsjonesborough.com.