Raging Rivers Water Park in Grafton will open Saturday for another year of fun along the Great River Road. The company recently invested about a quarter million dollars to upgrade the facility including improvements to the twin water slides, the addition of a new party area, and new paint throughout the park. The park will be open through Memorial Day, and then re-opens daily June 2 through the Labor Day weekend.
It's the 23rd season for the park, which opened amid protests from environmentalists and some area residents who feared bald eagles would be chased away from the area with the development. Eagles continue to thrive in the region, and Raging Rivers President and General Manager Donna Smith says it's been a nice fit for a growing tourist industry in Grafton
Smith says they will employ about 160 people this summer including high school and college students, and teachers on summer break.
There was a bit of a mishap during a special event Thursday evening for the Riverbend Growth Association. A small bridge over the Endless River partially collapsed as guests were watching the annual duck race. Apparently, there were too many people on the bridge at the time. There were no reported injuries and the damage is not expected to delay the opening of the park.
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