Aquatic Zoo Water Park Opens In Mt. Vernon

June 5, 2014

Aquatic Zoo Water Park Opens In Mt. Vernon

Children and families got their first chance to make a splash in the Mt. Vernon Aquatic Zoo at its grand opening on Memorial Day weekend. Following a brief ceremony and a ribbon cutting, children lined up to be the first down the slide or to take a ride on the lazy river.

Parks Director George Bryant thanked the citizens of Mt. Vernon, Mayor Mary Jane Chesley and members of the city council for their support during the planning and construction of the Aquatic Zoo or, as he calls it, “The A-Z.” Bryant gave the gathered crowd a history of the project including the reason the name “Zoo” was chosen for the water park.

Bryant said the “The Aquatic Zoo” is a historical reference to the animals that were once housed and were a staple of Veterans Park including lions, monkeys and zebras.

The lifeguards, he said, are referred to as “zoo keepers.” Chesley called it an “exciting day” for Mt. Vernon and outlined the benefits of tourism the park brings to the city in addition to the 60 jobs. The nearly $6 million dollar Aquatic Zoo, located on South 34th Street in Lincoln Park, includes two slides with a monkey themed water dumping bucket, zebra and giraffe spray animals and animal sound and light themed geysers, water slides and a lazy river.

FGM Architects describes the facility: “The leisure pool gently slopes from the zero depth to four feet of depth under a raft themed water walk. Just beyond the water walk is a long, enclosed body flume slide and enclosed tube slide. Bathers utilizing the tube slide can exit the plunge pool immediately for another turn on the slide, or stay in their tube to gently ride the lazy river. The far side of the lazy river narrows and becomes shallower to give you a quick ride in a ‘rapids’ sections of the river before widening out again into a more leisurely section of the river.”

The park includes a 25 meter, six-lane lap pool with two diving boards that is located in a separate section from the slides and lazy river and splash pad. Daily rates are 1-year old and under, free; 2 years to 17 years of age, $6; 18 to 64 years old, $8; and seniors 65 and older, $6. General swim hours are listed as 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Season passes are also available and the facility is available for private rental.