“Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.”
~Charles R. Swindoll
I’m not a misanthrope, but I definitely prefer solitude and, if I’m going to be with a group of people, I like to choose who they are. That philosophy was thrown out the window this weekend, as we took the kids to Key Lime Cove, an indoor waterpark resort not too far from home, near the Wisconsin border. As Terry mentioned in response to my post on Instagram, “Sometimes you have to take one for the team.”
At 65,000 square feet, the Lost Paradise Waterpark is large, but compact. It takes 420,138 gallons of water to fill the park, filtered at a rate of 4,788 gallons per minute, and is kept clean using ozone sanitation technology. Ozone is 200 times stronger than chlorine but has no effect on skin or hair, and is highly effective against Cryptosporidium, MRSA (antibiotic resistant staph), E. coli and Salmonella. According to Robert Williams, director of engineering, “Ozone destroys 99.9 percent of bacteria, viruses, spores, fungus and mold.” It did seem clean and with endless young lifeguards stationed around the park, safe.
One thing the park is not, however, is tranquil and relaxing. Way too many people crammed into way too small a space, fighting for deck chairs and inner tubes, all with the goal of doing their own thing, albeit in a very public space. I enjoyed playing in the park for an hour or so, but tired quickly.
Rooms are of the standard hotel variety, though multiple options (414 rooms of varying design) give families a choice (did I mention it’s all families? We agreed it would be creepy if adults without children hung out at this waterpark.) An arcade is available for those tired of the waterpark, but we stuck with the basics.
Monday morning, 9:00AM, and we were not the first in line to get into the park; for the first hour or so, however, it wasn’t too crowded, and actually pretty fun. Masses of people materialized like zombies in a horror film, filling the lazy river and creating lines for most of the slides. (This could be the curmudgeon in me talking.)
Methinks I doth protest too much. While I flagged early, the kids had a great time and, at times, so did I. A little more organization would go a long way here. I’d suggest minimizing the number of people in the waterpark at any one time by assigning slots, maybe an hour in the morning and an hour in the afternoon, keeping people moving and enjoying it a lot more than I did with the crowds. It would also boost their revenue by having people frequent the restaurants, shops, and other activities while they waited for their time in the park.
Ultimately, this wasn’t about me, but adding a family activity to the memory banks of our children. They loved it, so it was a success.