There was a lot of squealing, splashing and laughing going on at Waterworks Waterpark after a recent ribbon cutting ceremony to open the new sprayground, a fun place for kids to cool down on summer days.
Judging by the sounds and the activity, the redesigned 6,600-square-foot children's play area, with a couple of slides, 13 spray features and a giant dumping bucket, was a big hit with the 12 and under set.
Neabsco District Supervisor John D. Jenkins, who was at the ribbon cutting when the Waterworks Waterpark in Dale City originally opened in 1991 with one pool, spoke to a crowd of children and their parents during the ceremony.
Since its original opening, the county has added two waterslide towers, a jungle walk, a beach, a volleyball area, a pavilion and a concession stand, Jenkins told the crowd. "I was committed to giving the children of Dale City a bright and wonderful place to play and cool off during the summer. I think we accomplished what we set out to do."
There were additional improvements to the waterpark since it closed at the end of the summer last year, according to the county's Department of Parks and Recreation spokesman Brent Heavner. "In addition to the children's area, Waterworks received other enhancements during the winter including a new spray feature in the main pool, refurbishments to the main slide tower, and new landscaping throughout the park."
Heavner also said the restrooms feature new layouts to comply with better accessibility under the Americans with Disabilities Act; and accessible parking was also upgraded, as well. "The improvements to Waterworks over the winter were made possible, in part, by contributions of $71,577 from Supervisor Jenkins' Office and $15,633 from Chairman Stewart's Office. The total cost of park improvements is $2.5 million."
Waterworks Waterpark will operate on weekends only through June 11. From June 11 through August 26, the park will operate seven days a week. The park will also be open September 1, 2 and 3 for Labor Day Weekend, after which it will close for the season.
Daily admission to Waterworks is $7.75 for visitors 48 inches or taller, $6.50 for visitors under 48 inches tall, and $6.50 for seniors. Children two or younger are admitted free.
More information about the waterpark can be found at www.waterworkswaterpark.com.