After several rain delays rhe water facilities at the Frisco Athletic Center will now open for the season onSaturday, June 13th.
Rain dampened hopes over two weeks, first, for the original opening date set for Memorial Day weekend and again, for a second, tentative opening set for June 6th.
Rick Wieland, Frisco’s Director of Parks and Recreation, said weather continued to be a factor as staff and contracted workers prepared the new facilities.
“We’re very excited to showcase this new area to our citizens, so the delays are disappointing,” Wieland said. “But swimmer safety has to be our first priority.”
“The contractor has been doing everything possible when Mother Nature gives a window of opportunity. Unfortunately, it’s going to take more time than we expected.”
Before the water park can open to the public, staff must complete safety checks and train on the new facilities.
According to Wieland, giving staff enough time for sufficient safety training is the highest priority to ensure a safe summer season.
Regrettably, he added, all birthday parties scheduled for June 6 – 12 must be canceled or rescheduled.
Swim lessons originally scheduled for the Outdoor Pool Area for June 8 and 10 will also be canceled; while the lessons scheduled for June 9 and 11 will be moved to the Indoor Pool Area.
Swim lessons originally scheduled for the Indoor Pool will not be affected and will occur as planned. Wieland emphasized that while staff is already trained to supervise the Lagoon Pool and Indoor Pool, they require additional training hours on the new facilities.
Parks and Recreation staff hope citizens will see the work was worth the wait when they experience the ‘Preston Plunge’ – a 45 foot tall, four lane mat racer and ‘The Fort’ – a multi-level, interactive water playground with three slides and more than 85 spray features. The ‘Lazy River’ has grown by approximately 300 linear feet, winding around the park. There are more shade structures, party pavilions, restrooms and a concession stand.
The Frisco Community Development Corporation (FCDC) paid for the $6 million dollar expansion project.
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