Following a yearlong hiatus due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown officials are planning to reopen May 1 for the 2021 season.

Despite several attempts to reopen last year—as previously reported by Community Impact Newspaper—Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown in Spring remained closed for the duration of the 2020 season due to challenges related to COVID-19. As a result, park officials said, all season passes and pre-purchased tickets for the 2020 season will be valid for the 2021 season.

"Last year, we set the standard for operating our parks safely, and entertained millions of guests in adherence to government, and CDC health guidelines at 21 of our 26 parks," said Bonnie Weber, senior vice president of park operations, in a statement. "We offered a local and outdoor entertainment venue spanning dozens to hundreds of acres where families and friends could safely spend time together. We kept our guests and team members safe by requiring masks to be worn in the parks, providing contactless temperature and security screenings, enhancing our cleaning and sanitization measures, and closely monitoring attendance throughout operating hours in order to maintain proper social distancing."

This year, Six Flags Entertainment Corp. plans to open all 26 of its theme parks and water parks, including Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown, with a slate of health and safety protocols in place, officials announced in a news release Feb. 19. This year's season will also mark the company's 60th anniversary.

"Our guests and team members are ready for the return of fun and signature Six Flags thrills in 2021," Weber said. "Now we are hiring and preparing to open every Six Flags park in our system as we continue to work with state and government officials to set firm reopening dates for our parks in California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Mexico City and Canada."

According to the release, when Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown reopens May 1, parkgoers can look forward to riding the new Wahoo Wave, a six-story slide complex that takes riders 30 feet down and back up to the ride's signature feature: a massive water wall. Additionally, guests will also enjoy new double-deck cabanas that showcase the park's new Caribbean theme, the release states.