Parrot Island Waterpark in Fort Smith, Arkansas, is hopeful that the COVID-19 pandemic won’t delay opening and the resort will open on May 16.

The waterpark is due to commence the 2020 season on May 16 and stay open until September 7, 2020. Kyle Taylor, general manager of Parrot Island Waterpark, said: “We met with the city last week and decided to officially open May 16. We have a couple of other dates that we can switch to if we have to (because of the COVID-19 pandemic).”

Plans are also still in place for the arrival of a new slide. The tube slide, which will cost $121,500 will be the waterpark’s fifth water slide. The slide was expected to be finished in time for the start of the new season. However, due to the ongoing pandemic, the opening of the slide will be delayed.

“We thought we would be able to attach the slide the existing slide tower, but that can’t happen. So, they are going to have to put in additional tower, which will be good because it will allow for overall expansion of the park later,” said Fort Smith’s deputy city administrator, Jeff Dingman.

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