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03/24/05

Water Park Taking Shape In Gulfport

It rises above the Gulfport skyline like some giant, plastic puzzle.

Gulf Islands Water Park is beginning to take shape at the sportsplex just off I-10 and Canal Road.  And developers promise the park will be open before Memorial Day weekend.

"I think one thing for the Gulf Coast we needed something with a family atmosphere. Family entertainment. I think that's exactly what we're going to provide," said general manager Tony King.

"Every day we're one step closer to opening up. The smiles are getting bigger and people are getting happier learning about it," said Sean Nichols.

Gulf Islands Water Park is no longer just a dream. The park that was talked about many months before any sign of construction is now something to see.

"Day one they're going to have a grand opening. And I'm going to bring my kids out here and have a lot of fun," said construction worker Charlie Estave.

Estave is among the many helping build this water filled playground.

"We definitely needed something like this. We've been needing it for years now," he said.

The wait is almost over. Gulf Islands will get splashing before Memorial Day.

"This is an actual water park. Featured wave pool. Lazy River. Action slides. The whole nine yards," said Tony King.

Those a little unnerved by the Master Blaster will have more kiddie friendly options. The cost is $29.95 for adults and $19.95 for kids under 48 inches.

There are also discounts after 4PM and discounts for the military and senior citizens.

Your favorite slides and rides will be ready.

"Every day we're one step closer to opening up. The smiles are getting bigger and people are getting happier learning about it," said Nichols.

The complex is only a few weeks away from "just adding water". And the water is a two day operation. The park requires a half million gallons to fill those slides and rides.

By Steve Phillips

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