Families upset over Silver Springs water park closing
SILVER SPRINGS, Fla -- A popular marion county water park will soon be closing its doors.
Wild Waters has been around since 1970 and in 2014, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection decided to created a swimming area within the headsprings and once that area was complete, Wild Waters would be shut down.
This weekend Wild Waters guests are waiting in long lines at the park knowing this will be the last summer they can take their families to the nearby recreational facility.
Familes are lining up for the wild waters summer opening this memorial day weekend.
With the current management leaving, the department of environmental protection is planning to close down the park for good.
The community will now have fewer options when they want to plan a famly day, or they'll have to travel further away to get somewhere.
"This place gives something for the kids to do, so i will feel sorry for the kids. i mean it's a reasonable price for the kids to do something fun over the summer so that will be heartbreaking," Cathy Love, a parkgoer said.
The price actually went down this year. "Last year the prices were a little higher than they are this year since this is going to be our last year as concessionaires," said Michelle Saya, HR Representative from Silver Springs Management, the current concessionaire.
The DEP says with the current concessionaire contract expiring, coupled with ongoing public safety concerns, maintenance costs and adverse environmental impacts to the springs, the water park will be closed after this season to provide other nature-based recreational opportunities at the springs. Opportunities like canoes and kayak rentals, glass bottom boat tours, and special event services.
Even first time goers will still be sad to see it go. "It's my first time, so it looks pretty fun, so i'll probably be sad about it," Chris Love, a parkgoer, said.
State park officials say they're looking into the safest way to transform the park space into a recreational swimming area. The park will be open all summer, until Labor Day weekend.
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