Normally it takes about two weeks to put away all waterpark deck items such as lounge chairs, trash cans, umbrellas and signs…basically anything that is “on deck” during operation. On Friday August 26, both waterparks were prepped for Hurricane Irene in less than three hours with over 100 lifeguards, management and staff.
Normally it takes 3-4 weeks to fully set up the waterparks and get them ready for operation… we did it on Monday in less than 8 hours, across TWO waterparks! What goes into preparing the waterparks for what is forecasted to be the storm of the century? Well…
· At Ocean Oasis, we removed 1,200 palm tree fronds in prep for the storm.
· Over 250 trash cans were broken down and stored (the restrooms at both waterparks provided secure storage for most loose items).
· Over 500 thatch cabana roof panels were removed on Friday and re-installed Monday for operation.
· Over 50 waterpark umbrellas were removed for the storm and re-installed for operation.
· Over 750 pieces of lounge chairs and furniture at both waterparks were placed in the pools and endless rivers to protect them from the wind and storm surge.
· Several hundred sand bags successfully protected our equipment and pump rooms, which are at beach elevation, from the storm surge.
· The first initial report of storm damage was made by Bill Rutherford, Waterpark Maintenance Lead at 5:30am on Sunday morning and he sent photos of the damage (or, fortunately, lack thereof) to key staff.
· Over 100 free hot dogs and hamburgers were served to the entire waterpark staff on Monday as a thanks for their hard work and a job well done.
Come on down and see us at the waterparks!