If you’re anxious to get a sneak peak of SomerSplash, Somerset’s water park, the wait soon may be over.

The public is invited to tour the park on North U.S. 27 this weekend. The pools will not be open, but visitors will be able to look over the facility, purchase season passes and stop by the concessions stand. Hours of the open house will be from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

“It is going to be a wonderful addition to our community. They will like what they see,” promised Somerset Mayor JP Wiles.

State public health officials are scheduled to make a final inspection prior to the park’s opening date. The park is slated to open to the public at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 8, depending on the outcome of the inspection.

“If we pass final inspection, and don’t hit a roadblock, the park will open to season passholders Wednesday and to the general public on Thursday,” said Wiles.

At latest count, approximately 1,800 season passes had been sold for the first season. Wiles expects the number of passes sold to increase to 2,000 or more as visitors will have until Sunday to take advantage of a special discount offer. The price of a season pass will go to $59.95 after the offer expires.

The water park features four major attractions: A kiddie play area, lazy river, a tube slide and three body slides. Riders have to be at least 48 inches tall to go down the body slides.

A wave pool is planned for the 2007 season subject to approval of Somerset City Council.

Seasonal operational hours will be from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1 p.m-6 p.m. Sunday. The park will cut back to weekends in August when local students return for fall classes. The season will end Labor Day weekend.

Daily admission rates are $12.95 per person for half splash, which includes the lazy river, tube slide and kiddie play area. A slightly higher daily rate of $14.95 is charged for the ridin’ and slidin’ package for all four attractions. A $3 per person, or dry dock ticket, can be purchased by parents or grandparents who do not intend to go on the rides. Daily admission rates will be reduced after 4 p.m. Half splash is $5 per person and ridin’ and slidin’ package is $7 per person. All rates are subject to sales tax.

Wristbands will be issued so guests can enter and exit the park throughout the day.

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