Temperatures this weekend will be hot, but it will be cool at the Ardmore Community Water Park. There, the day will be dedicated to Parks and Recreation’s annual Recreation Celebration.
This year, the festivities will be Las Vegas-themed, so come ready play some games, roll some dice, and win some prizes. Also be on the lookout for special decorations and lifeguards wearing green dealer’s visors.
“We always get something special for them to wear, whether it’s hats or sunglasses,” Ardmore Parks and Recreation Director, Teresa Ervin said. She also explained the history of the event.
“The whole thing revolves around July being National Parks and Recreation Month, and this is nationwide,” Ervin said. “It started back in the eighties when the National Recreation and Park Association set aside July to recognize parks and recreation professionals and what we do for our community. So every year since I’ve been here at least, we’ve had at least one event during the month of July. It’s called Recreation Celebration because one of my managers at the water park picked that name maybe 12 years ago, and we’ve called it that ever since.”
In keeping with the Las Vegas theme, dice games will be played both on the grass and in the pool with the help of inflatable dice. Attendees will also be welcome to spin a wheel for prizes like poker chips that can be exchanged for concessions or t-shirts. Additionally, the first 50 through the gate will get a goody bag stuffed full of prizes. There will also be one grand prize awarded.
In addition to the fun and games, a photo booth will be set aside where people can pose for fun photos with giant playing cards. There will also be special food items available at the concession stand, namely pizza.
Ervin also stated that anyone interested in coming out should not be afraid of large crowds.
“Typically we have a good crowd on Saturdays, but not something that would be a huge crowd that people would want to stay away from,” Ervin said. “Typically we don’t have to shut the gate. We’re not over capacity or anything like that. It’s mainly just families enjoying themselves.”
So come down to the water park on Saturday, and keep cool while staying Vegas hot.