By Jeff Shultz
Lucas Jobe of Moore was visiting friends in Pauls Valley last Saturday, July 19, when he and his two brothers and sister decided to visit the new Pauls Valley Waterpark.
After hitting the water slides a few times, Jobe decided to take it easy on the park’s Lazy River feature.
“That was probably my favorite ride,” the 14-year old said. “I think I fell asleep one time.”
Jobe is just one of literally thousands who have found the new waterpark in PV a delight to visit and plans to come back if he can.
The Pauls Valley Waterpark is now halfway through its first full season of operations and, according to figures from the Reynolds Recreation Center and the City of Pauls Valley, the new waterpark is proving to be a big hit.
Since the park opened on May 24 – the first day of the Memorial Day weekend – to last Sunday, July 20, the waterpark has had 16,014 swimmers wade their way through the gates to enjoy the cool blue waters.
The park averaged 281 visitors a day during those 57 days, with the park’s busiest day coming on Saturday, July 12.
That was the hottest day of the summer, up to that point, with the Oklahoma Mesonet reporting a high of 95.
During the seven hours the pool was open that day, there were 700 visitors to the park.
“We really haven’t had any major problems,” said Aquatics Director Robert Rennie. “We’ve had a small leak, but that’s it.”
Along with the high attendance, comes a high revenue stream that is more than just a drop in the bucket.
Total gate revenue for the 57 days has been a little over $80,000, with the biggest chunk of that revenue (54 percent) coming from adult swimmers ages 15-61.
Add an estimated $16,000 more to that number from concession sales, and the Pauls Valley Waterpark is proving to be a huge tourist attraction for Pauls Valley.
Pauls Valley Parks and Recreation Director Jennifer Samford said the park is getting swimmers from all over the region this year.
“We are seeing lots of swimmers from Ada and all over Garvin County,” she said.