Splash Island reports successful year 0
Monica Chorney, aquatics manager with Portage Regional Recreation Authority (PRRA), says Splash Island has posted another successful year with the skyrocketing temperatures. The outdoor water park has even managed to attract many from outside the city and the RM to Portage. (FILE PHOTO)
Splash Island has recorded another successful year, despite skyrocketing temperatures, break-ins, and repeated pool foulings.
Monica Chorney, aquatics manager with the Portage Regional Recreation Authority (PRRA), said the outdoor water park has done well compared to this time last year. While July was on par with last year, the numbers for August have dropped a bit as the return to school gets closer.
“July was very good to us. Even though it’s still warm this month it isn’t as warm as July,” said Chorney. “It’s really weather dependent as an outdoor facility. We’re really lucky this summer that we had a good summer so far.”
The facility has even seen a growth in customers from outside the region, with the hot temperatures so far this season.
“We’ve had a really successful year, we’ve seen a lot of people come from outside the city and outside the RM. We’re getting a lot of new people coming in and seeing the town and seeing what we have to offer,” said Chorney.
Currently, the PRRA is working to run out the season and has begun planning for the upcoming year. The final day the outdoor water park will be open is Sept. 3, Labour Day. There will be special public swims held on Aug. 27, 29, 31, as well as Sept. 1, 2 and 3 from 10:00 a.m to 9:00 p.m.
The Shindleman Aquatic Centre is expected to open soon after.
“Shindlman is currently open under a reduced schedule but we return to our main regular schedule on Tuesday Sept. 4,” said Chorney.
It is expected that there will be some improvements to the lockers in the main change rooms, as well as possibly upgrading or changing some of the spray features in the park before next season. Splash Island is also expected to continue with the concession run by the PRRA.
“It’s been going good so we’re going to stick with what works for us,” said Chorney.
For schedule information visit www.pcucentre.ca.