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A summer without Colorado’s favorite water park
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By Joseph Rios

It will be a summer without the Voyage to the Center of the Earth and the Thunder River rides and Thunder Bay Wave Pool.

Water World announced last week that for the first time in over 40 years, it will not open its doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Typically, the park sees around 500,000 visitors each year and is usually open 90 to 93 days a year.

After speaking to waterpark industry experts, local authorities and the Centers for Disease Control and Health Department about how to open, Water World was able to create a guide for reopening the park.

However, there are still issues with official restrictions, according to a release.

One of those issues revolves around the possibility of when and if big groups of people would be able to gather this summer.

“Our hearts are saddened for the fun water park memories that won’t be made in 2020. And, more so, for the 1,000 young workers who had looked forward to working at Water World this summer,” said Water World Spokesperson Joann Cortez. “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.”

Health officials have said that there is no evidence that the coronavirus can spread through pools. Under Colorado’s safer-at-home order, swimming pools, including those that are outdoor public pools, are not allowed to be open to the public.

If you have already purchased Splash Passes, they have been automatically extended to be used through the 2021 season. Splash Passes will also receive up to $30 in “Fun Bucks” that can be spent at the park.

If you have a single day ticket that is set to expire in 2020, that ticket has already been extended to expire on the same month and day of next year.

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

Pirates Cove Water Park in Englewood is hoping to reopen on June 7, and if it does, it would follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Tri-County Health Department, which covers Arapahoe, Adams and Douglas counties.

Elitch Gardens, which is celebrating its 130th anniversary this year, has delayed its opening day. Its website says that park employees will add hand sanitizer stations throughout the park, and high-touch points like railings and door handles will be sanitized throughout the day — as they usually were before COVID-19.

The park will provide updates on its website at





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