$90m Soaky Mountain Waterpark to open June 27

Soaky Mountain Waterpark, the new 50-acre waterpark in Tennessee, will open on June 27.

Construction on the $90m waterpark started in August 2019.

“We can’t wait to unveil our amazing new destination to the public,” said Dave Andrews, the General Manager of Soaky Mountain Waterpark.  “It is such a fun place for families and truly features something for all ages to enjoy, all in a beautiful mountain-modern park setting.”

Grand opening delayed to 2021

There were plans to have a large grand opening celebration, however, this has been postponed until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Andrews said that “we want to throw a big celebration to mark the opening of this fabulous waterpark, but for right now, we will have to wait and practise responsible social distancing and other safety precautions outlined in our Safer at Play Program”.

The waterpark has assured visitors that despite the pandemic, it is safe to visit since the CDC has said that there is no evidence COVID-19 can spread in pools. Ongoing chemical readings will take place to ensure the water is safe.

Safer At Play Program

Soaky Mountain Waterpark has created a Safer At Play program to ensure all visitors and staff remain safe. This includes physical distancing measures, visitors stating in groups of 10 or less, COVID-19 safety training for staff members and frequent sanitisation of high-frequency touchpoints.

While not required, visitors are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance as capacity will be limited. Masks will be worn by staff when social distancing is not possible. Visitors are not required to wear a mask, and will not be able to wear one in or on any water attractions.

Attractions for all the family

Visitors to Soaky Mountain Waterpark will be able to go on the Avalaunch, a first-of-its-kind water coaster that has four flying saucer features creating a drop-and-dive sensation. The Soaky Surge is a 35,000 square foot wave pool that creates six-feet high waves.

There is also a kid’s activity pool area and a cabana pool for relaxation, so there is something fun for all members of the family.

The new waterpark will create nearly 500 full and part-time staff members and is expected to attract 400,000 visitors annually.

The World Waterpark Association recently shared guidance from the CDC on how waterparks can reopen and operate during COVID-19.

You can also read all about our top eight new North American waterpark attractions for 2020.

Images: Soaky Mountain Waterpark