Friday, March 9, 2012

Ohio's The Beach Waterpark Closing Today After 27 Years of Operation

A special event, Dog Day at The Beach , Sept 11, 2011. Courtesy The Beach Waterpark

 EDITOR'S NOTE: The Beach is one of three waterparks located within a mile stretch of land at the intersections of Ohio State Highway 741 and Interstate 71.  The others are Great Wolf Lodge, which features 16 rides and attractions in an indoor waterpark, and King's Island, a Cedar Fair park, which announced in September 2011 a $10 million expansion of its Boomerang Bay waterpark, which will be renamed Soak City, featuring more than 50 water rides and attractions. -- JK
Mason, Ohio, USA -- March 9, 2012 -- After more than 27 years in business, The Beach Waterpark announced plans to close for the 2012 season today. The closure begins immediately and is the result of a challenging competitive and economic climate and changing patron entertainment habits.

“The Beach Waterpark management team is extremely saddened to make today’s announcement,” said Ralph Vilardo Jr., authorized spokesperson on behalf of The Beach Waterpark. “We have been proud to provide entertainment and employment to Southwest Ohioans for more than 27 years. Like many businesses these days, we had to make the difficult decision to close after concluding that further investment to support the business cannot be justified.”

The Beach Waterpark has employed more than 15,000 people during the course of its operation. An estimated 7.5 million people have visited the park. The Beach Waterpark has operated at a loss during the past several years.

The Beach Waterpark opened in 1985 and is situated on 35 acres in Mason, Ohio, near Cincinnati and Dayton Ohio. A tropical themed park, The Beach Waterpark offered more than 50 rides and attractions to visitors.