City breaks ground on waterpark expansion
On Friday, November 3rd, at Byerly Park, the City of Hartsville broke ground at the site of the waterpark expansion project. House Speaker Jay Lucas joined Mayor Mel Pennington and members of City Council for the event. City Manager Natalie Zeigler, Finance Director Karen Caulder and Parks Committee members were also in attendance.
“While our priority is giving a new and wonderful recreation opportunity to Hartsville’s citizens, we anticipate a significant number of regional visitors will come here to enjoy the new waterpark,” said Parks Committee Chairwoman Nancy McGee. “It is sure to make a positive economic impact on our city.” With the expansion of the Piratesville Splash Pad, the City of Hartsville aims to broaden its reputation as a regional tourism destination.
Since opening on July 4th, 2013, the Piratesville Splash Pad has averaged over 20,000 attendees per season, offering younger children a place to cool off with spray cannons, geysers, short slides and dump buckets. The developments to this popular attraction will cater to wider age groups.
The new waterpark will host a capacity of 1,300 visitors, more than eight times the current Splash Pad. Guests will be able to enjoy more waterpark features, including a 1,000-foot lazy river, a zero entry pool, a wave pool, a speed body slide, a pair of tubular water slides and three mat racing slides. Cabana rentals, party huts, and food trucks will also assist in making the new waterpark a celebrated destination for residents and visitors from throughout the region.
Mayor Mel Pennington stated, “Our team has been working hard on this vision, and to increase and improve upon the quality of life offerings that our citizens and guests deserve.” The City of Hartsville expects the waterpark expansion to be completed by summer 2018.