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Plainfield’s Splash Island set for July 4 reopening with reduced hours

Plainfield’s Splash Island set for July 4 reopening with reduced hours

By Lindsay Doty

After months of lonely water slides and empty pools, Splash Island outdoor water park in Plainfield is set to reopen on July 4 with a few changes.

(Photo provided by Town of Plainfield)
As part of a COVID-19 precaution, Splash Island will have reduced operating hours that will run Monday-Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. The park has canceled Wet Wednesday night Wednesday night swim and member/resident Monday night swim. Park operators also plan to step up all sanitizing methods.

“Guests can also expect to see our staff performing additional cleaning of deck chairs, inner tubes, and other surfaces while wearing masks and gloves for everybody’s safety,”  said Jordan Brouillard, general manager of the Richard A. Carlucci Recreation & Aquatic Center, which runs the water park.

Splash Island may operate under a limited capacity in areas such as overall attendance, the number of deck chairs, and inner tubes for the Leisure River to maintain social distancing. There will also be a limited menu for the concession stand.

Additional hand sanitizing stations will be installed, along with signage encouraging all guests to practice good hygiene.

While the outdoor water park could have reopened in June with 50 percent capacity under Stage 4 of Indiana’s Back on Track reopening plan, Plainfield town leaders decided to hold off until Stage 5 that begins July 4.

The final reopening phase lifts restrictions for water parks, amusement parks, and like facilities and stresses social distancing.

Park operators say they will be carefully monitoring any changes in Gov. Holcomb’s plan but are enthusiastic about getting back to business and some summer fun.

“We can’t wait to open our doors again. The closure has certainly had an impact on business in general, but it had a bigger impact on the sense of normalcy we experience during a typical summer,” said Brouillard.

“Guests are looking for things to do this summer that will make their hectic lives feel a little more normal than we all are used to. We’re happy that Splash Island can provide that experience for everyone.”

The Center for Disease Control has stated that there is little evidence that COVID-19 can be spread through the disinfected water typically found in pools. The CDD recommends people follow safe swimming practices, everyday preventative actions, along with social distancing to stay healthy.

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