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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Water park closed for the year, splash pads remain open

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  • The Ardmore Water Park has closed for the season but those looking for aquatic recreation will still have one of the many city splash pads to cool off in.
    Kevin Boatright, Ardmore Parks and Recreation director, said the splash pads would remain available to the public through Oct. 1.
    The final day of operation for the water park was Aug. 11. Since closing, parks and recreation employees have winterized the facility.
    "This week, we have been draining the pool, winterizing the mechanical and putting everything away," Boatright said.
    Numbers for the past season were down from 2012 and for good reason. This spring and summer, there was more rainfall. Boatright said there were two days lost to rain in 2012 and eight days this year. And that does not take into account overcast days that kept people away.
    "It is one of those factors unfortunately we have no control over," he said. "Other than that, we had a good summer. We had a lot of good staff with many of them coming back from the year before. We also had a lot of good feedback from those visiting the water park."
    Overall numbers were down but private parties were once again a huge selling point for the park.
    "Typically, we book private parties May 1 and in four of the last five years, we have booked out for the summer in one day," Boatright said.
    In an effort to provide more opportunities for parties at the water park, the department will add two pavilions. They will be 20x20 and covered, similar to the one located at Whittington Park. They will be located inside the grassy area and will be available for rental during the public hours. Boatright said a rental fee has not been finalized but discussions are for between $25 to $35 fee for the entire day.
    "We want to see if the new pavilions will meet that need," Boatright said of providing more opportunities for parties at the water park.
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