City Leaders Get Sneak Peek At Castaway Cove

City Leaders got a sneak peak at the newly-revised Castaway Cove water park.  Final touches are being made on a $200,000 upgrade to the facility. "All of our slides have been repainted on the outside; our pool has been completely refurbished. Its better than it was when it was new when the park opened," said park spokesman Ed Michel.

City Department Heads and Council Members toured the grounds today, ahead of the May 14 opening. Those in attendance were excited at the new look. "I think the park is going to have a big attraction this year and I think a lot of folks will enjoy this," said Mayor Glenn Barham.

Castaway Cove officials laid out plans for a 2011 marketing campaign that will highlight the new paint and features. Among the additions this year will be live concerts and extended hours. The park will remain open until 8:00 p.m. starting in June and will stay open until 9 p.m. on Saturday nights in July.

There is also a new ticket price for those that arrive after 4:00 p.m. Tickets will be reduced to $12.99 for the late comers. Michel says the park is excited at the changes. "Its going to be a great year especially with our Friday night concerts."

Barham feels the upgrades are well-worth the capital expenditures. "If we have a good hot Summer, we should probably exceed our attendance last year exceed our net revenues that we accrued from last year," he said. Profits are something about which the Mayor is optimistic. "I'm looking forward to a good season coming this Summer."

Paul Harrop, Newschannel 6