Wacky Weather Keeps Water World Visitors at Bay

By: Tim Elliott Email
By: Tim Elliott Email

This summer, Water World celebrated its 30th anniversary in the circle city.
But this year, attendance at the water park was down.

Park officials believe the current recession had nothing to do with a decrease in patrons.

Silent slides, deflated inner tubes, and empty lounge chairs.
All signs that Water World is closed until next May.

"We don’t have all our total figures in yet but I’m sure we're down some from last year,” says Robin Patrick with Dothan Leisure Services.

She blames Mother Nature for the lack of visitors.

"I really think it's all weather. May was cool and rainy then we had a real good June and July was very, very rainy. August was pretty good and Labor Day weekend was fine," said Patrick.

During this economic recession, many families are cutting costs and pinching pennies.
Patrick believes these hard times are actually benefitting Water World.

"I think economic factors actually helped us ya know people stayed closer to home rather than going off and I really don’t think that had an impact on us,” added Patrick.

Here's a look at the numbers.
In May, the park is only open on the weekends.
5,655 people came through the turnstiles then.
June saw 20,140 visitors and July: 16,041

The numbers for August and Labor Day weekend haven't been calculated just yet.

Water World may only be open 4 months out of the year but officials say maintaining this facility and getting ready for next season is a year round job.

"We start thinking about ads, we start thinking about what we're going to sell in the concession stand we have to bid everything we purchase and repairs and maintenance and that kind of thing,” says Patrick.

She says for the past few years, attendance has been steady.
But this summer's wild weather, kept thrill seekers at bay.

"When the weather doesn't cooperate people just don't come,"

Water world opens each year the first weekend in may and closes Labor Day weekend.


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