A local water park is feeling the impact of Mother Nature this summer.
A cooler-than-normal start to summer, plus an abundance of rain have cut into the numbers at Wetlands Water Park in Jonesborough. "I would say we're probably about 30 percent down this year," says park director Matt Townsend.
"The late cold that we had during Memorial Day really hurt us. It’s more or less one of the busiest weekends and we maybe saw about a third of the business we usually see on that weekend, so that really set the tone for the rest of the year for us," adds Townsend.
However, it may not only be Mother Nature to blame. The new aquatic center in Kingsport may also be cutting into the numbers in Jonesborough. "In a [typical] season, we usually see between 500 to 600 people a day, quite a bit. On the weekends we can get up to 800 to 900 people. This year it's been more like 200 to -300 a day. On the weekends maybe like 600 to 700," adds Townsend.
Compare that to the Kingsport Aquatics Center, which recently reported it's averaging 1,200 visitors a day. Click here to read more.
But those in Jonesborough aren't too worried. After all, Wetlands Water Park has been around for 20 summers, and they're hoping the rest of this summer provides some good swimming weather. "Weather is looking good this week and we're just excited that we're going to get some sunshine, hopefully," adds Townsend.
We’re also told there are plans to make some additions to Wetlands Water Park. A committee will be formed in the next few months to consider changes.