The Tiger Shark Waterpark will officially open on June 3, after being delayed a few days due to inclement weather. The facility is planning a full summer of activities and staff are training this week in preparation.
Opening was delayed from the original May 28 date, after rainy weather caused staff to push the opening until May 31. Cold weather then moved into the area and water temperatures remained low, so pool staff pushed the date back a second time. Now, however, pool staff are excited to officially kick of the summer activities later this week.
Last year, the pool was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and had a late opening and rules in place to mitigate the spread of the virus. This year, with active cases remaining low and more people becoming vaccinated every day, plans are to fully open the facility.
“We are going to open to full capacity, which is up to 155,” Assistant Pool Manager Tamara Story explained. By the end of last year, the facility was only able to open to approximately 120 people, but Story said pool staff are excited to be fully operational to begin this swimming season.
“Adult swim will be held from 10 to 11 (a.m.) Monday through Saturday. Open swim will be from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday,” Story said.
While there are plans to offer swimming lessons again this year, there has not been an official start date for those programs and Story encouraged the community to watch the Tiger Shark Waterpark Facebook page for updates on when those could begin.
“We are working on getting our lifeguards trained this week,” she said, adding those lifeguards would be assisting with swimming lessons and other events scheduled this summer. There are currently 15 lifeguards for the season.
Daily admission will be $5 for anyone three years and older, whether swimming or not, but there are also group passes available for those wanting to save money and who plan to use the facility multiple times throughout the swimming season. Group passes are $250 and include admission up to five people.
“We also have value passes which is 20 visits for $60. Individual passes are $100,” Story explained. Individual season passes include unlimited admission throughout the summer. There is a 10 percent discount for military, city employee, and seniors.
Rentals return this year for those wanting to enjoy the facility with a group. “After hour parties are $75 per hour and in-house parties are available during the days,” Story explained. In-house parties are $150 per hour for up to 15 people and include pizza, soda, and chips, or hotdogs, chips and a soda.
“We have three different pavilions to use for in-house parties,” Story said. Those are out in the park and will provide an area for the party prior to coming to the facility to swim. After hour parties will be held Friday and Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. or from 8 to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. These include private rental of the facilities.
Water aerobics will be offered this year on Tuesdays and Thursdays and can be purchased as a monthly package or daily for $8. The times are still to be determined.
Park staff are preparing the facilities in anticipation of another busy swimming season and are excited to have the pool operating at normal operations, after a year heavily altered by COVID-19. For more information about the pool, rentals, or other event, call 573-265-7946 to learn more.