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US Phoenix water parks are opening for summer. Here are their coronavirus safety precautions

02:41  23 may  2020
02:41  23 may  2020 Source:   azcentral.com

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Water parks throughout the Valley have announced their 2020 opening plans with modifications to comply with Gov. Doug Ducey's guidelines for how pools can safely operate during the new coronavirus pandemic.

The guidance for businesses operating pools includes maintaining physical distancing, operating at reduced capacity, disinfecting regularly and considering not providing towels, pool floats or toys. According to various health agencies, the coronavirus cannot be transmitted through chlorinated water.

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Golfland Sunsplash in Mesa opened in mid-May. Salt River Tubing followed suit after postponing its scheduled April 25 opening date due to the coronavirus.

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Here's the latest information on which water parks across metro Phoenix are open and which remain temporarily closed.

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Big Surf Water Park

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Big Surf, which initially planned an opening date in May, has not announced its 2020 schedule.

"We are following all city, county, state and federal rules in handling this COVID-19 outbreak," the park's website says. "Our current opening date is to be determined as we receive more information from health authorities."

Details: 1500 N. McClintock Drive, Tempe. 480-994-2297, bigsurffun.com.

Golfland Sunsplash

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After a soft opening through May 22, Golfland Sunsplash will make all of its attractions available beginning May 23.

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However, its hours and open attractions may vary depending on "the rapidly changing situation with COVID-19." Check the website for the latest information.

Sunsplash recommends that guests wear masks. Ducey's office does not recommend that people wear masks while swimming. Other precautions include social distancing markers in queues, monitoring pool water for proper chlorination and requiring customer-service employees to wear masks.

Here's what's available before the park's full May 23 opening:

  • Golfland slides (Dragon Tail slides, Bonzi slides and the Cauldron).
  • Stormrider
  • Splashwater Harbor slides
  • Thunder Bay wave pool
  • Caribbean Water Works
  • Tadpole pools

Those who find themselves uncomfortable at the park can return to the ticket window within an hour of their arrival to request a return ticket for 2021.

Details: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through May 22; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily May 23-29. Check website for hours after those dates. 155 W. Hampton Ave., Mesa. $29.99-$37.99. 480-834-8319, golfland.com/mesa.

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Great Wolf Lodge

The new Great Wolf Lodge resort on the Salt River Reservation near Scottsdale — which includes an indoor water park — expects to reopen on Tuesday, June 9.

"After reopening, throughout all our resorts, we will continue our enhanced sanitation measures such as frequent cleaning with hospital-grade disinfectants, increased availability of hand sanitizers and the regular encouragement of hand washing," a statement on the resort's website says.

Details: 7333 N. Pima Road, Salt River Reservation near Scottsdale. 888-962-9653, greatwolf.com/arizona.

More: Here's why families will love Great Wolf Lodge Arizona

Oasis Water Park

Arizona Grand Resort and Spa's Oasis Water Park opened May 15. With a day pass, guests can use the lazy river, wave pool and slide tower.

New safety measures include power washing the entire park with antibacterial soap every morning, spacing chairs 6 feet apart and sanitizing lounge chairs and cabanas after each use, according to Arizona Grand Resort's website.

Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 8000 Arizona Grand Parkway, Phoenix. $30-$35 for children, $35-$125 for adults. 877-800-4888, arizonagrandresort.com/oasis-water-park.

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Six Flags Hurricane Harbor

Hurricane Harbor in Glendale remains closed.

"Following local and regional COVID-19 health directives, we will open as soon as it is safe to do so," a statement on the park's website reads. "We will continue to closely monitor this evolving situation, and follow the most current guidance from federal, state, and local officials."

Details: 4243 W. Pinnacle Peak Road, Glendale. 623-201-2000, sixflags.com/phoenix.

Reach the reporter at kimi.robinson@gannett.com or at 602-444-4968. Follow her on Twitter @kimirobin.

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