The Lions Water Adventure Park at the Woodmen of the World Center opens Saturday. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Thursday morning and more than 200 people showed up to hear speeches and check out the new facility.
Kinston parks and recs director Bill Ellis says five years of planning and building are now done and $13 million has been spent, so now the fun begins. Third graders from the Arrendell Parrott Academy were the first ones to test out the slides, lazy river and other assorted pools. Riley Moore of Kinston called the facility "top notch!!"
Kinston Mayor B.J. Murphy said "this daddy will be spending a lot of days and nights here"
The park is also set up to help the visually impaired. The Lions Industries for the Blind is a thriving business in Kinston and is the title sponsor of the park. LIB employee of the year Oscar Lopez was given the honor of testing out the slides and he says the facility is great and well thought out for people with visual impairments.
Lopez lost his vision to a gunshot wound while trying to protect his family during a home invasion.
The older kids like Skip Waters and Brian North had a good time too. They raced against Kinston Free Press managing editor Bryan Hanks. North won the unofficial race down the yellow slide.
The park, which also features a 25 meter pool, opens to the public Saturday May 25th. Admission to get in is $9.95 per day.