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May 20, 2009 > Aqua Adventure Water Park debuts with style

Aqua Adventure Water Park debuts with style

By Meenu Gupta

They poured into Central Park on Paseo Padre Parkway, this Saturday May 16 - thousands of pool lovers to get a sneak peek of their soon-to-be favorite water park. Aqua Adventure Park's season will soon be at flood stage starting Memorial Day weekend. Beat the heat with a fun-packed Aqua Adventure Season Pass, available for just $65 per person for Fremont residents and $70 for non-residents. "People can buy the passes at the gate but no longer online," said Fremont Parks and Recreation Director Annabell Holland. Fremont Residents must show picture ID with Fremont address or driver's license. An individual pass is required for each guest.

"Starting Friday our season passes can be purchased through the office here, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m." said Lance Scheetz, Aqua Adventure Waterpark, Sales and Revenue Manager. A picture will be taken and a pass will be issued on the first visit. Go to the Group Sales Window on any normal operating day to get your pass processed. "Once we sell out of season passes, we won't be selling any more; we are planning to sell the season passes out by the middle of June," informed Scheetz. "Kids age three and under are just $2 per visit, at the gate and include a swim diaper," said Scheetz.

Addressing VIPs at the grand opening on Saturday May 16, Holland said, "You touched this project in some way or another, I personally thank you for your support and generosity, the city thanks you for believing and partnering and the community thanks you for making this dream come true.

"We've already sold the park out for six different events and we've partnered with eight companies here in Fremont to provide over 10,000 dollars in scholarship funds to kids who could otherwise not afford to come to the park," she said. "The scholarships equate to 700 free admissions in the water park for those who cannot otherwise afford," informed Mayor Bob Wasserman.

Dignitaries watched as the opening ribbon was cut in their presence. Among those attending were Fremont City Council Mayor Robert Wasserman, Vice Mayor Anu Natarajan, Council member Bob Wieckowski, Council Member Bill Harrison, Council Member Suzanne Lee Chan; Members of the Recreation Commission Chair Larry Thompson, Vice Chair Laura Winter, Commissioner Frank Pirrone and major funding partners Fremont Bank Foundation President Hattie Hyman Hughes and Patty Grant, President Candle Lighters.

Candle Lighters is a non-profit volunteer organization raises funds for non-profit groups and community-based projects in the Tri-City Community through their annual Ghost House on Halloween. "Without their support and commitment to the project it would have never happened," said Holland. Fremont Bank and the Candle Lighters funded $1 million grant and a $75,000 matching grant respectively to the project. City Manager Fred Diaz said the project has been an "exercise in vision, tenacity, perseverance and patience. There are some misconceptions about this facility and the fact is it is no drain on the Fremont's general fund; it's an enterprise that is designed to make its own profit, has its own business plan and we will stick to that," he said.

People will be talking about the outstanding event they can have here at the park," said Wasserman. "The water park team has been working tirelessly to get everything ready for today, it's going to be fabulous experience for anyone who come in the facility," said Holland. "This has been no small feat, this is one of the largest project the city has undertaken, to figure how to get the expertise, who to hire and to dog this project day in and day out to ensure that things were done and we were ready to open next week," said Holland.

Aqua Adventure is poised to "put smiles on kids faces for the whole summer and for many summers to come," said Diaz.

Aqua Adventure Water Park
Open Weekends starting May 23

Open Daily
June 18 - September 1st
Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sat.-Sun. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

40500 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont
(510) 494-4300

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