City of Andrews Making a Big Splash With New Water Park

City of Andrews Making a Big Splash With New Water Park

by: Justin Kree

NewsWest 9

ANDREWS - The city of Andrews made significant upgrades to their community pool this year. The new water park turned out to be a big success the first day it was open.

"This has been a great day. It's been really great to see all the families here. All the kids making memories here. It's everything we thought it was going to be and it's been a great grand opening and we welcome that," Andrews Mayor, Flora Braly, said.

Some of the new added attractions include a water ship, new kiddie pool and a covered shaded area to get out of the hot sun. Saturday's admission was free but everyday the park is open this summer it will be $1.00 for anyone 11 years old and younger and $2.00 for anyone 12 years old and older.

Hundreds of people showed up to enjoy the free admission day. The Munoz family says they will be at the pool all summer.

"Maybe every day. We're going to become a fish by August," the Munoz Family, said.

The city takes care of the park and is required to check the water every two hours.

"Three separate filters, Three separate surge tanks, three separate areas where it's being chlorinated. Better for water quality and better for the swimmers," Mike Waldmann said.

Waldmann is the swim coach at Andrews High School, he will work at the park this summer and he tells NewsWest 9, lifeguards will always be on duty.

 "We've got some great lifeguards here. We've employed 15 guards this year. They run a 20 minute rotation, where they are out for 40 minutes, in for 20. So they can stay fresh and make it safe for everybody," Waldmann said.

The park will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The park offers swim time for anyone 7 years old and younger, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. 

Mayor Braly invites all West Texas to come out and enjoy the new water park.

"We're hoping it will be record crowds throughout the summer. People are just excited to be here with their kids and we're happy to have them," Braly said.

The park will host another free admission day on the 4th of July.