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Sun Splash reopens after fire

By Staff | Jul 12, 2016

Six days after fire destroyed a main building, Sun Splash Family Waterpark welcomed back guests on Tuesday.

The structure damaged in the fire, which investigators determined was started by a golf cart next to the building, was declared a total loss estimated at $700,000. The building housed a restaurant, gift shop and guest services office.

“We brought in trailers for concessions and vendors similar to those you see at downtown events,” said city public information manager Connie Barron.

Youth swim camp participants returned to the park on Monday and the city reopened the gates to the general public on Tuesday.

“We have engaged an architect to do the design and then it goes through the bid and build process,” said Barron of a replacement building. “It probably won’t get done before the season ends, so most of the construction will occur during the off season.”

Firefighters were called to the park about 1 a.m. last Wednesday on the report of a possible tree fire, but found the building fully engulfed by flames. Firefighters spent more than two hours extinguishing the blaze.

Until Tuesday, the water park had been closed for the initial fire inspection and then to allow city crews to clean up all the debris and figure out how to temporarily replace the building.

Sun Splash hours through Aug. 9 are Monday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with special Saturday Slide Nights July 23 and Aug. 6, when the park is open until 9 p.m. Two special Friday Slide Nights will be held July 15 and 29, with the park being open until 9 p.m.

General admission for children 2-12 is $14.95 for Cape residents and $17.95 for non-residents; adults (13+ years) are $16.95 for Cape residents and $19.95 for non-residents. Seniors (60+ years) are $14.95 for residents and $17.95 for non-residents.

For more information, call 239-574-0558.

Sun Splash Family Waterpark is at 400 Santa Barbara Blvd., south of Pine Island Road.