Even though the Summer weather is trying to hang around, it won't be long until cooler temperatures descend on Texoma. With the cool air poised to move in, Castaway Cove Water Park has closed its gates for the season.
Park Manager Steve Vaughn said, "It's kind of sad. All the kids are going back to school, we won't see each other for probably another 6 months until we lay start getting ready to open for the 2013 season."
Castaway Cove's final day of 2012 landed on Labor Day. Fitting, as the holiday is considered the unofficial final day of Summer. Despite a slow start earlier this summer, things eventually picked up.
Vaughn said, "We kind of miss the 100 degree days, as many as we had last year. It just kind of started a little slow this year, but July came, August came, and we caught up. We've had a very good year."
Vaughn said he hasn't had a chance to look at the park's finances yet. But, he believes this summer could be their second or third best season ever. With success looming, they're already making plans for next year.
"We're kind of making notes. During the year we make notes on what we'd like to change what we'd like to do different and what we want to keep the same. Next month or so well be having meetings with our staff, meetings with everyone to do with the water park and well finalize what we want to do next year."
Castaway Cove has been owned by the City of Wichita Falls since 2010. City officials purchased the park for nearly 4 million, planning to pay it off over 15 years. In 2011 the park turned net cash profit of $391,646 before factoring in the debt service.