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June 3, 2013

Repair issues hamper SomerSplash opening

Somerset —

Repairs at SomerSplash water park have led to the beginnings of a season without several of its main attractions, but city officials are hopeful that will soon be remedied. 
Somerset Mayor Eddie Girdler said he and other city officials are hoping that SomerSplash water park will be fully operational as soon as after this weekend. That’s about three weekends later than the usual opening weekend for the popular attraction, which opens its doors every Memorial Day weekend.
“Until they (the contractors) are finished, there’s not much we can do about it,” said Girdler.
The city in February bid out work to repair the lazy river attraction. Stephen Sims, SomerSplash manager, told city councilors in April during a budget workshop that work was slated to begin on the lazy river in late April. 
The city has shelled out money in the past year or so to help keep the park’s attractions — including the lazy river, wave pool, speed and bowl slides, tube slides, and a kids’ play area — in tip-top shape. The park, no doubt a popular summer destination for local and out-of-town visitors alike, is in its seventh season. The park officially opened in June 2006. 
“The park’s been there eight or nine years now, we’re having to spend a little more on maintenance,” said Jimmy Hogg, the city’s financial officer, during the April budget workshop meeting. 
According to tentative budget numbers presented to the council in April, slide resurfacing was expected to cost about $170,000, which is included in this year’s budget (ending June 30), and repairs to the lazy river, the current repair project that is also included in this year’s budget, was expected to cost about $215,000. 
Expected expenses for the 2013-2014 fiscal year includes $150,000 for resurfacing to the kids’ play area.

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