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Kelowna’s waterparks reopening soon

June 12, 2020 - 9:35 AM

Kelowna's three waterparks are reopening within the next few weeks.

City Park Waterpark and Ben Lee Waterpark will open Wednesday, June 17, and Quilchena Splash Park will open Monday, June 22, according to the City of Kelowna in a press release. Waterparks are the final remaining outdoor space to reopen following numerous safety-related closures across the Okanagan in mid-March to help curb the spread of COVID-19, according to the release.

“Much like playgrounds, we ask that parents help teach their kids about safe distancing and hand hygiene before visiting these parks,” says Doug Nicholas, sport and event services manager, in the news release. “While we are pleased to be able to reopen waterparks and splash parks in time for summer, it’s important to remember to avoid overcrowding to ensure these spaces can stay open.”

Some things to consider when visiting local water parks :

• As waterparks are not staffed, parents are asked to remain on site and supervise while children play at water or splash parks.   
• Some amenities such as change rooms and slides will not be immediately available.
• Wash or sanitize hands before and after playing. Handwashing will be available in nearby washrooms.
• Stay home if you or anyone in your household is feeling unwell.
• Avoid crowding. If a waterpark or splash park is too busy, come back later or consider visiting a different park or beach. Use the parks and beaches map to find more than 200 parks and beaches across the city.

Kelowna waterparks typically remain open until early September. Hours of operation are subject to change depending on weather. For the latest hours and updates, visit the city's website.

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