Dothan is postponing Water World’s grand opening until late June in the absence of state guidance for water or amusement parks resuming operations.
City Manager Kevin Cowper told city commissioners Tuesday that problems in the supply chain also have delayed construction on some of Water World’s features, which were originally planned to be unveiled at the water park’s 40th anniversary grand opening celebration Memorial Day weekend.
Workers completed the slide additions, which can be seen at the front of the park, but were still working on installing the kiddie pool.
Now, city officials are eyeing a soft opening on Father’s Day weekend, but that date remains tentative until further direction from Gov. Kay Ivey.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said last month that there is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through water.
“Proper operation, maintenance, and disinfection (with chlorine or bromine) of pools should kill COVID-19,” the CDC said on its official website. “Swimming and other water-related activities are excellent ways to get the physical activity needed for a healthy life. If you are not sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, it is safe to use swimming pools as long as steps are taken to reduce the spread of COVID-19.”
As the school year comes to a close and the coronavirus spread continues to affect social interactions, officials are looking at the implementation of other publicly funded summer activities.
Information will soon be released concerning summer camps, though Cowper said the number of children the city is able to serve has dropped by more than half to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.
Dothan Leisure Services has begun its initial reopening of some facilities with modified hours and rules to reinforce social distancing. It will reopen city-run soccer fields, baseball fields and tennis courts Tuesday at Westgate and Eastgate parks and Doug Tew Recreation Center. The fields are only open for “general play,” not organized sports teams.
The city awarded bids to Mildred’s Restaurant for $207,352 and Breakfast at Tammie’s for $240,721 to provide the food for the COVID-19 emergency summer feeding program from June 1 until July 31.
In other actions:
» The city entered a three-year agreement with First Data Merchant services, through Wells Fargo Bank, for the acceptance of credit and debit cards at Water World and online.
» Entered an agreement with the state for construction improvements, adding an additional lane on State Road 12 (US-84/West Main St.) from John D. Odom Road to Flowers Chapel Road.