Outdoor Water Park to reopen at Frisco Athletic Center

The Outdoor Water Park at the Frisco Athletic Center will reopen to the public on July 27. (Courtesy Visit Frisco)
The Outdoor Water Park at the Frisco Athletic Center will reopen to the public on July 27. (Courtesy Visit Frisco)

The Outdoor Water Park at the Frisco Athletic Center will reopen to the public on July 27. (Courtesy Visit Frisco)

Frisco plans to reopen the Outdoor Water Park at the Frisco Athletic Center July 27 with limited hours and operations.

The water park’s two play structures, the Squirt Station and The Fort, will be open to attendees, but all slides and the lazy river will remain closed.

To help stem the spread of coronavirus, the facility will be open for two-hour blocks from 8-10 a.m. and 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Attendees must reserve a two-hour session using Waitwhile, which Frisco also uses for fitness block reservations inside the FAC.

The park’s capacity will be limited to 50 people, including adults, per time session.

“Our patrons’ safety is our top priority,” Director of Parks and Recreation Shannon Coates said in a city news release. “We’ve consulted with the governor’s office and our city’s medical director to develop our plan for opening this popular water park. We want everyone to have fun playing, but we also want to remind everyone to respect each other’s space and play safely.”

Face coverings will not be required while swimming, though Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order requires all Texans age 10 and up to wear a face covering in public because of the continuing coronavirus pandemic. It lists an exception for people engaging in physical activity outdoors and maintaining a safe distance from those not from their households.

The park’s lagoon pool will be reserved for swimming lessons, which the city plans to offer soon.

“We hope to expand operations if we’re successful with this phase,” Coates said. “This will serve as an extension of our spray parks, which have been open since June 5. It also allows us to offer swim lessons in a controlled environment, which is so important because water safety is one of our priorities.”
By William C. Wadsack
William C. Wadsack is the senior reporter for the Plano and Richardson editions of Community Impact Newspaper. He previously served as managing editor of several daily and weekly publications in North Texas and his native state of Louisiana before joining Community Impact Newspaper in 2019.


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