The Beach Waterpark opens for the season May 23

Riptide Racer attraction puts guests in the fast lane

MASON — New palm trees, fresh paint, better systems for checking visitors in, a new website and a four-lane racing slide are just a few of the updates being planned for the Beach Waterpark’s 2015 season.

“Last year, sales saw a spike, we added season pass-holders and employed several hundred people in the area,” said Natalie Dunlap, Vice President of Marketing for Adventure Landing. “Events this year will consist of characters days including Sponge Bob and Spiderman, the National Volleyball League is coming back this July, Club Splash is every Friday Night for teens and Reggae Sundays are a huge crowd-pleaser.”

Riptide Racer is the newest addition to the park — a multi person slide that is a race to the finish line for bragging rights.

The park, which boasts a resort-like feel, will host “The World’s Largest Swim Lesson” at 10 a.m. on June 18 in the Big Surf Wave Pool. The swim lesson is included with paid admission.

Last year the park added the Soaring Eagle Zip Line, a 460-foot-long two person zip line that clocks in at 30 miles per hour.

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The park, which has struggled in recent years abruptly closing prior to the 2012 season, was scooped up by Jacksonville Beach, Fla.-based Adventure Holdings LLC. It reopened for the 2013 season with $5 million in upgrades.

Here’s a look at the upcoming season by the numbers:

No. 1: The Beach is the largest standalone waterpark in Ohio

10: Full service cabanas

3: Deluxe cabanas

22: Rides and attractions

2 million+: Gallons of water

1,400 feet: Length of the Lazy River (1/4 mile)

2: Miles-per-hour, speed of the Lazy River, which wraps around the park

35: Number of acres in the waterpark

350-400: Seasonal park employees

First: Home of the first outdoor water coaster in the Midwest

4: Food areas—Surfside Grill, Beachcomber Café, Wave Rider Grill, Melt Away Bay

1985: Year the park opened

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