SARA VANDEN BERGE
Splashville, Stephenville's new water park, is set to open at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Pack your beach bag and get ready for a day of fun when the gates swing open for the first time, inviting the public to take its first dip into the $3.5 million attraction.
Drew Wells, director of community services, said the lifeguards have been trained, the test runs have been completed and everything is ready to go.
"We are really excited," Wells said about the opening. "I think the kids are going to love it."
The water park's capacity is 660 and city officials predict there will be a rush of people waiting to get in. If more than 660 people show up Saturday, they will be given a ticket to try to get in later in the afternoon, after people begin leaving.
Inside Splashville, located in Stephenville City Park, is a wonderland of cool adventures city officials hope will help draw in tourism, but more importantly, give area kids something fun to do during the hot summer months.
There is a splash and zero entry area that has water features such as waterbugs, water cannons, tipping buckets, mushroom falls and a 3-ft. slide.
The large pool sports a 16-ft. slide, 8-ft. slide and Lilly pad walkway.
For those who want to relax, take a trip down the lazy river, where you can work on your suntan or catch the action splashing around you.
Playing in the water also works up an appetite and a concession stand offering a variety of tasty treats including nachos, chicken nuggets, hot dogs, Frito pies, funnel cakes, candy and an assortment of drinks will be available. Patrons will not be allowed to bring in any outside food or drinks.
Daily admission is $4, children under 2 are admitted free, and senior citizens 65 and older are $3. For those who prefer an evening visit, twilight fees from 5-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday are $2. No passes will be offered this year.
The water park will also be open on weekends during September, weather permitting.