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CITY’S COMMUNITY WATER PARK WILL OPEN TO PUBLIC MONDAY

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The city's new Community Water Park will open Monday, June 20, for swimming lessons and public swimming.

The new facility, at 200 N. 400 West, includes an outdoor pool three times larger than the previous pool. The pool's surface area is 13,835 square feet and holds 408,840 gallons of water. The depth ranges from six inches to 12 feet.Spanish Fork will officially open the water park with a ribbon-cutting ceremony by Mayor Marie W. Huff, Wednesday, July 6, at 1 p.m. Admission is $1, including the water slide, for the grand opening, which was postponed because of landscaping delays.

The facility features an 18-foot-high, 150-foot-long water slide; two one-meter diving boards; a concessions stand; a children's play area with wet and dry sand; three sand-volleyball courts; a half basketball court with a slam-dunk basket; three horseshoe pits and an area for picnics and parties.

Many characteristics of the new facility are based on other community pools in the state, said a Spanish Fork City Recreation Department spokesman.

"We looked at features that benefited other pools and decided to incorporate similar designs into our park," said Jay Rindlisbacher, pool manager.

Besides the individual dressing and showering stalls, one unusual characteristic of Spanish Fork's Community Water Park is a family change room. "This is where parents with children who are too small to change by themselves, but too big to go into the dressing room with mother or father, can change their clothes," Rindlisbacher said.

The water park is designed to allow patrons with disabilities to participate in activities. The pool is equipped with a 19-foot ramp leading into the water to accommodate those who are challenged by using stairs and ladders.

Public swimming will be in two sessions each day, Monday through Thursday, 1-4:30 p.m., Friday from 5-8 p.m. and Saturday 1-6 p.m.

The admission price for the water park is $1.50 for patrons eighth grade and below, $2 for patrons ninth grade and up, and $1 for senior citizens. Water slide tickets may be purchased at time of park admission for $3 for 10 rides, $4 for 16, $5 for 25 rides, or $6 for an unlimited one-person pass.