The main pool of the water park is bluer than ever. With the old paint chiseled away by the City of Liberal’s Street Department and repainted by the Parks and Recreation Department, amongst other repairs, the pool looks brand new again. L&T photos/Victoria Calderon
City makes upgrades at Adventure Bay
By VICTORIA CALDERON
• Leader & Times
Renovations to the Adventure Bay Family Water Park are wrapping up just in time for the big opening for Memorial Day weekend – and the whole park is looking brand new.
The water park will open at 1 p.m. Saturday until 7 p.m. These will be the hours every Friday through Sunday throughout the season, and from 1 to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
The water park underwent many changes this year. According to the City of Liberal Recreation Director William Weber, the Parks and Recreation Department had help from nearly all the city departments, especially the street department.
The street department chiseled out the old blue surface of the main pool, as well as the bad parts of the concrete. They also sandblasted the perimenter of the pool.
Once that was done, the Parks and Recreation Department came in and patched up the concrete, then primed and put a fresh coat of blue paint on the pool. They then painted the new black lines for the swim team and added extension anchors for the backstroke judging flags for the fault start line.
Other additions to the main pool were a few extra ladders and two new steps fitting Americans with Disabilities Act regulations for easy access into the pool.
Outside of the main pool, the basketball court floor of the family pool (the pool with the Hydrastorm) was painted a sandy color, to make it look like a beach. The Jolly Roger pirate ship and slides were waxed and cleaned to prepare them for visitors.
Although there were no major breakdowns, a main pipe broke in the Jolly Roger ship pool, but Weber is hopeful it will be fixed by Saturday.
“We want the facility to look as new looking as it can,” Weber said of the changes.
Even though they still have some finishing touches to do, the water park is nearly ready for business. As of Thursday afternoon, they had filled the pools and balanced the chemicals in the main pool. Weber predicted they would be getting everything ready to open on Friday.
“We’re ahead of schedule... In past years, they’ve been filling the pool on Friday and getting it ready to go on Saturday,” Weber said.
The water park is nearly at full staff, with 38 lifeguards, 20 guest services and 12 concessions workers hired.
As usual, the water park has a packed event schedule this season, with a National Beef Buyout Day on Sept. 6, as well as numerous birthday parties. Their birthday party package includes admission for all party guests, a reserved pavilion, food, ice cream, etc. They exceeded their expectations for birthday parties last year.
However, the parties are not the only areas where the water park is finding success.
“We’ve done really well the last several seasons with our swim lessons, they’ve really grown,” Weber said.
“One of the things that we try to do is to outreach surrounding communities. We do get people from Texas, Oklahoma and even Colorado. We had people drive an hour and a half last year from Colorado and parts of Texas just to come to our pool. We feel that’s a good draw.”
Despite this success, the park has been finding some trouble with keeping the number of visitors up each year.
“Your first and second years are always your great years, and then things will gradually decline,” Weber said. “But that’s only to be expected, simply because once it’s a new facility everybody comes, and the newness eventually wears off.
“We’re looking forward to Saturday, and hopefully, we’ll get a great turnout,” Weber concluded.