Burdette’s Aquatic Center is now open as the Summer season kicks off this holiday weekend.
Burdette is one of the largest aquatic centers in the Midwest and has been providing the community with family fun since 1936.
Park Director Jerry Grannan said they have been excitedly preparing for opening day for 3 months. “The Burdette Park staff and Aquatic Center Safety staff, we’re in the family entertainment business. It was real sad to see last year shut down, so we’re really happy to get going this year,” Grannan told 44News.
To welcome swimmers back this year, Burdette has unveiled an updated Gilligan’s Island for children and a newly donated fence from the West Side Nut Club.
“We’ve actually got 5 new children’s slides to match our adult slides… [and] some updates in the concessions and gift and float shops,” Grannan says.
Preseason tickets are on sale now and park directors say they’re going fast. For single and family passes, the park usually pre-sells around 200. After a crazy year keeping public pools closed, the park has more than doubled that usual total.
“We see about 70,000 people through in a 2 and a half month period,” says Grannan.
The park fills 9 lifeguard chairs at a time, 4 lifeguards at slide exits and 4 more roaming the pool deck to ensure the safety of the swimmers.
With lifeguards ready to go and pools and slides clean the park is officially ready for summer fun.
Burdette will run a 72-day stretch through August 6th.