Dove Waterpark to open in Grapevine May 25

Posted Monday, May. 20, 2013  comments  Print Reprints
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Dove Waterpark opening When: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 25 Where: 1509 Hood Lane

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The city is unveiling its new Dove Waterpark at Dove Park on Saturday, and promoters say it is much more than a name change from the former Dove Pool.

Dove Pool entertained thousands of children and adults for more than 30 years, including offering swimming lessons and outdoor recreation.

Now, city officials said, Dove Pool has been taken to a new level.

The Dove Waterpark includes an expanded swimming pool, multiple water features, slides, a deep-water climbing wall, an in-water lounge deck, a water walk, covered rental cabanas, a larger covered children’s pool and playground with zero depth entry and geysers, a deepwater drop slide, a flume slide, concessions, family changing areas and in-water floatables.

The landmark location has been part of a 4.5 million dollar rebuild.

Entry rates will remain the same: $2 per person for Grapevine residents and $5 per person for non-residents. Proof of Grapevine residency is required. Season passes are also available for purchase at playgrapevinereg.com.

The park will feature new tennis court lighting, court resurfacing, nets, windscreens and fencing. New basketball court lighting, court resurfacing and fencing and new lighting for sand volleyball courts have also been added.

Casey’s Clubhouse, which is also located at Dove Park, is in its final stages of completion. Renovations include a zip-line, slides, climbing features and a clubhouse. The playground will be equipped with activities that are safe and designed for children with motor disabilities, sensory issues, autism, hearing and vision problems and other challenges.

Casey’s Clubhouse, a wheelchair-accessible playground, was dedicated in 1997. After years of wear and tear, the site was bulldozed and is being rebuilt. It is scheduled to open midsummer.

The playground was named for Casey Tridico, a former Muscular Dystrophy Association Texas Goodwill Ambassador who died in 1995 at age 7 from complications of spinal muscular atrophy.

Kevin Mitchell, Grapevine Parks and Recreation parks assistant director, said the clubhouse goes beyond the national requirements for access and inclusion for the physically-challenged and others.

“We call it all-inclusive,” Mitchell said. “It’s for all ages from toddler to as young as you want to be.”

Marty Sabota, 817-390-7367

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