River Rapids Waterpark

From the opening day of the River Rapids Waterpark on July 12 [above] through August 15, the county facility attracted more than 25,000 people. (Herald file photo)

Members of the Ste. Genevieve County Commission and Brad Arnold, executive director of the Ste. Genevieve County Community Center, expressed pleasure at the reception the new River Rapids Waterpark has received since opening on July 12.

Arnold reported that Progress Parkway had a road count of more than 24,000 vehicles during the park’s first week in operation.

In 29 days of operation —  through August 15 — 25,701 patrons had entered the park.

Arnold said there was a rush of 520 people in the first five minutes of operation one morning. There have been days the new park has had to turn away customers due to capacity being reached.

“That’s a good problem to have,” Second District County Commissioner Joe Gettinger said.

Arnold said numerous compliments have been given, with patrons saying it is much nicer than waterparks in Cape Girardeau and Farmington.

“I’ve gotten just as many compliments on the lifeguards as on the facility,” Presiding Commissioner Garry Nelson told Arnold. “They’ve been outstanding.”

See complete story in the August 21 edition of the Herald.