IMAGES | New $4 million water park to open later this month in Elizabethtown
A lazy river, splash park, climbing wall and more will soon open at a new water park in Elizabethtown.
ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- A lazy river, splash park, climbing wall and more are all part of a new water park in Elizabethtown set to open on Memorial Day.
Construction started last June, and by September, you could see the pool, lazy river and other features taking shape. Now, American Legion Water Park has been transformed.
"We've already had folks from Louisville stopping in, folks from Hodgenville, Bardstown coming over," said Scott Reynolds, city engineer. "We've had quite a few people coming to look at it, and they can't wait. They're on the edge of their seats to get in."
Director of Parks and Recreation, Seth Breitner, says it is Elizabethtown's only public swimming pool. The pool that was at the park before was built in the 1960s, and he says it shut down a few years ago.
"The pool went away, and (the city) looked at doing something like a splash pad and something very basic, and the community outcry was so great that the city council took a look at it and said maybe we need to do a little more than what's on the table here," Breitner said.
The city went all out.
"This is actually a water park," Breitner said. "We've got everything pretty much that you can imagine in here."
That includes two 25-foot slides, a lazy river, splash park, climbing wall, a playground in the water, a basketball goal and more.
"People say, 'Oh, I remember swimming there in the 70s, and I haven't been in Elizabethtown in 40 years and look at what you all have done.' We're getting a lot of good feedback from the citizens," Reynolds said.
Up to 700 people can be at the pool at one time. There will soon be lounge chairs on the deck and tubes for the lazy river. A party room is also available to rent.
The park cost $4 million, and the money comes from the city's general fund and tourism dollars.
Here are the daily pass prices:
Adults 18 and older: $6
Age 4-17: $4
Kids under 4: Free.
Family season passes start at $200 for up to 6 people. You can add an additional two people onto the pass for $25 each.
Access to the splash pad only is free.
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