Water World opts to not open in 2020

Water Park to remain closed for first time since 1979

Staff Report
Posted 5/26/20

The COVID-19 crisis will took away another favorite as Hyland Hills Recreation District announced Water World would not open this summer. It’s the first time water park has not opened since it …

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Water World opts to not open in 2020

Water Park to remain closed for first time since 1979

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The COVID-19 crisis will took away another favorite as Hyland Hills Recreation District announced Water World would not open this summer.

It’s the first time water park has not opened since it debuted in 1979.

“We are deeply disappointed to have to make this decision,” Hyland Hills spokesperson Joann Cortéz said in a written statement. “Water World is a summer institution in Colorado, and for many individuals and families, it’s just not summer without Water World.”

Cortéz noted that there is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread through the use of pool water, but said the park was following guidance that shows that a water park the size and scope of Water World would not be permitted to open within the park’s short summer operating season. The 70-acre park, with its slides and wave pools, usually draws up to 500,000 visitors each year during a typical 90 day season.

The recreation district sought guidance from waterpark industry experts, local authorities, the Centers for Disease Control and state health officials to find a way to open successfully, with social distancing, sanitization, reduced capacity models, and seasonal employee training.

They didn’t know if state policies would allow them to open, however.

“Our hearts are saddened for the fun water park memories that won’t be made in 2020,” Cortéz said. “And, more so, for the 1,000 young workers who had looked forward to working at Water World this summer. For those kids, a summer job at the park is something they have aspired to after hearing the stories of a lifetime from older siblings, and generations of family members who worked here before them.”

The park plans to reopen for the summer of 2021.

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