This picture looks into the abyss of the Master Blaster at Splash Central Waterpark. This slide stands 41-feet and uses water jets to propel riders along. The Huron Chamber and Visitors Bureau hosted a mixer at the waterpark Tuesday night. In the next photo, those attending the mixer wait for a raffle drawing in the concession area. And next, guests attending the Huron Chamber and Visitors Bureau mixer Tuesday at Splash Central Waterpark can be seen in the concessions area. This picture was taken from on top of the 41-foot-tall Master Blaster slide. PHOTOS BY SHANNON MARVEL/PLAINSMAN
HURON — Huron Chamber and Visitors Bureau hosted a mixer at the nearly finished Splash City Waterpark to honor those whose donations and efforts made the park a reality.
Those in attendance were offered drinks and concession items while walking around the waterpark. People were taken aback by just how big the park actually was.
The consensus amongst almost everyone when asked what they thought of the waterpark was, “It’s awesome!”
A crack was detected in the biggest pool during a series of tests, which will prolong the opening of that particular pool, but it did not deter anyone’s excitement about the new addition to the community.
“Who would ever think Huron could have something like this,” said Debbie Holmes of Huron.
Some of those in attendance said they felt as if they were in a different town altogether.
Jean Kassel’s reaction to seeing the waterpark was enthusiastic as well. “We think the project is brilliant, a great use of this space,” Kassel said.
Splash City Waterpark has replaced the deteriorating and vandalized buildings that once belonged to Huron College. Janet Peck of Huron remembers when Huron College was a thriving school but also remembers the tragic demise of it all, so the construction of the park is bittersweet. “It is a happy replacement to a sad situation,” Peck sad.
Dawn Mutchelknaus had a similar reaction to the park and said, “The coolest thing is we lost a landmark and have now gained a landmark.
”This plan is A+” Wright said. “I just want to thank the community for believing Huron could be bigger and better.”
Wright expressed his emotions about what the property used to be.
“Thinking about the college still puts a lump in my throat and it is greatly missed, but it is what it is,” Wright said.
The history and memory of Huron College will not be lost as there are plans to use remnants of the school’s buildings, along with memorabilia, to pay homage to what once stood on the land.
“We can’t replace the fantastic college,” said Wright, “but we were able to salvage a lot of materials from the buildings.”
An arch from one of the buildings will be used as the entrance to the courtyard in Central Park.
During the demolition of Huron College’s buildings four time capsules were found. The dates of the capsules range from 1906 to 1960. The four capsules will be opened on the opening day of Central Park at 11:30 a.m. and the opening of one will be televised live by KSFY.
A “Preview Party” will take place on Thursday, May 23, which invites all those who purchased season passes before April 30 to “test” the new waterpark. Friday, May 24 is the day of the grand opening, which will start as early as 4 a.m. when KSFY news media corp will broadcast live from Splash Central Waterpark for their morning show. Shaun Cable, a news anchor for KSFY, will ride the “Master Blaster Water Coaster” regardless of weather conditions. The event will also be televised live.
To put into perspective of just how exciting the opening of the new park has already become Laura McGirr, Central Park Manager, said “There are people that are planning to come and camp out in the park the night before the opening.”
Season passes for Splash Central Waterpark are available at the Huron Parks and Recreation office.
For the complete article see the 05-15-2013 issue.
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