Statesboro Water Park Remains Open, Business Better than Expected - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

08/06/04

Statesboro Water Park Remains Open, Business Better than Expected

The famous movie line says: if you build it, they will come. That has certainly been true this summer. Thousands have flocked to Bulloch County's water park Splash in the Boro. WTOC has been following this park since the construction first started, and it's been a tremendous hit. They could finish with twice as many people as they could have imagined.

Now, for the first time all summer, there's finally more water than people at Splash in the Boro. Vicki Keller and her husband brought their children for the first time today. "It's much more than we expected," she said. "We thought it would be a little water park."

Crowds have dwindled only as Bulloch and several surrounding counties started the school year. When the county recreation department built it, they hoped for 50,000 visitors by summer's end. With more weekends to go, the park could reach a higher milestone tonight.

"We've had 80,000 guests come through this summer, which has given us a few challenges with that huge difference," said the park's aquatic's director Steve Brown.

They created the attraction with $5 million in local sales tax. And the park has paid off. The parking lot is full with cars from across southeast Georgia.

The fact is, the park isn't just bringing out-of-town money to itself. Local restaurants, gas stations and retail stores all over town are also benefiting.

Next week, the park moves to two weeknights and weekends only, so many used today to get their last laps. As they shorten their hours, Brown and others say the first season has been better than they could have imagined.

The new hours are:

August 10 - September 5
Tues. & Fri. 5pm-9pm
Sat. 10am-6pm
Sun. 12pm-6pm

Labor Day - 10am-6pm

Sept. 7 - 26
Sat. 10am-6pm
Sun. 12pm-6pm

More info is available online at www.splashintheboro.com.

Reported by: Dal Cannady, dcannady@wtoc.com

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