Wave pool back in action after shuttered for two years

Wave pool back in action after shuttered for two years Main Photo

20 Apr 2022

City of Seguin, News

Felicia Frazar The Seguin Gazette

After sitting dormant for two years, a popular summer attraction is returning for residents and community members to dive into.

The Seguin Wave Pool is reopening the 2022 summer season with some updated looks and more waves, Seguin Parks and Recreation Director Jack Jones said.

“We’re really excited to get it back open after two years of it being closed due to COVID,” he said.

In response to the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, the city closed the wave pool for the summer. Due to maintenance issues and continued COVID concerns, the pool remained closed the following summer, Jones said.

After determining the pool will reopen, the city began looking to staff the facility for the summer and were able to hire a complete staff, unlike other nearby cities, Jones said.

“There are a lot of cities — San Antonio, Austin — that are struggling to get lifeguards and some of their pools will not be open this summer,” he said. “We’re fortunate here in Seguin. We anticipate a full season to be open. Some pools are reducing hours because of staffing.”

In the months leading up to this summer, city staff has worked to get the facility up and running. They’ve repainted and remodeled several areas including the restrooms, concession stand, entrance and break room.

The city has poured concrete around the four shade structures and repainted the wave pool and kiddie pools to give everything the look and feel of a new facility, Jones said.

Of the more exciting changes, Jones said guests will experience more wave time.

“The cool thing at the wave pool this summer is the new wave patterns,” he said. “In the past, we had the waves operating 10 minutes on, 10 minutes off. We’ve heard that it was too much off time, the kids want the action. So we adjusted the wave pattern to be 15 minutes on and 5 minutes off. A quick break to catch your breath before the waves come back on again.”

A change the city made prior to the pandemic will remain. The concession stand will offer a more limited menu, while guests have the ability to bring in their own food and nonalcoholic beverages, Jones said.

“People really caught on to that in 2019 and seemed to enjoy it, so we’re continuing it,” he said. “We still will have a small concession stand area, some prepackaged items, water, soft drinks, hot dogs and nachos.”

The parks and recreation department is working out the details to bring back water aerobics and is already taking reservations for summer swim lessons.

The Seguin Wave Pool will have its usual soft opening on Memorial Day weekend — Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Then staff will officially open the doors on Sunday, June 5. Hours of operation are noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is $6 for ages 12 to 60, $5 for ages 4 to 11 and 60 years and up, and free for children 3 and younger. The pool is also available for after-hours private party rentals. The Wave Pool will accept cash or credit cards.

“It’s affordable, family-friendly, fun right here in Seguin,” Jones said. “It’s been a while since folks have been to the Wave Pool and when they return, they’ll almost see a brand new facility and more wave action.”

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