Water Park Makes a Splash This Weekend

The splash of a garden hose may not be what you think of when you picture the water park, but it's all in a day's work for Parks and Recreation.

"We get the water turned on, then it's a major clean-up. We start cleaning everything. It's just time-consuming," said Dudley Porter, with Parks and Rec.

From pressure-washing the decks to checking the pumps, a lot goes into keeping the water park afloat, including cleaning up after some unwelcome guests.

"Our resident birds don't help but life goes on," Porter chuckled.

Porter even gets a little help from his grandson, Thomas.

"I think we've got her ready to open up," Porter said.

Terry Ashley checks the chlorine levels and pH in the pool three times a day.

"There's a lot more responsibility to it than what I really thought - it's a challenge," Ashley admitted.

Though all of this is necessary to getting the water park up and running, don't forget perhaps the most important thing needed on a hot summer day - ice cream!

"Ice cream is pretty popular because it's so hot outside and little kids like the ice cream the most because it cools them off," said Kaci Givens, who works in concessions.

Parks and Rec employees start training at the end of April. A lot of that is learning how to handle concession stand crowds.

Givens said they probably serve anywhere from 800 to 1000 people.

All the preparation will pay off when people flood in to hit the water on May 26, 2007.

"It'll be another quick three months and we'll be ready to do it again next year," Porter said with a smile.

The Russell Sims Aquatic Center opens at Preston Miller Park in Bowling Green, Ky., on May 26, at 10:30 a.m.

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