ROANOKE COUNTY (WSLS10)-- After a big season opening for Memorial Day Weekend, Roanoke County's Splash Valley is preparing for its 7th summer of fun. This weekend's activities were just a small taste of what to come this summer.
The park has been ranked in the top five water parks in the state of Virginia, featuring 34-foot-high slides, a current river and a spray ground for kids. Nice weather over Memorial Day weekend brought out thousands of visitors to the park, a trend county leaders hope continues throughout the summer.
"There's nothing you can do to stop mother nature," says Scott Ramsburg, the business information manager for Roanoke County Parks, Recreation and Tourism. "Last season we had our best weather season in years and our best attendance, mostly related to the weather. We're hoping for another good season this year. If lightning strikes, we do have to close the pool-- but you can find out before you make a trip out here to avoid making the trip in vain."
The park website is updates with the latest closure information, especially during severe weather. You can find that information here.
While nice weather can bring out big crowds on the weekends, the weekdays can be a little slower. That's why the park is creating some new weekly discount days. On Monday, anyone 55 or older will get in for free with one paid youth admission. Tuesday will appeal to bigger families-- offering a flat $25 admission for families of 4 to 8 people. Wednesday admission is $6 all day long, regardless of age or where you live.
"Our special events this year offer extended hours ti give more people more time to come out to Splash Valley," says Ramsburg."Also, [events] on some of our lower attendance days to hopefully boost those, the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays when folks don't think to come out to a water park. We're spreading those out and providing more hours for people to come out to Splash Valley."
There are also six special events that will be taking place throughout the summer, including a School's Out for Summer Bash and the Splash Valley Olympics. Daily operations for the park begin this Saturday.