Greenville County’s water parks have reopened to the public — with some strings attached.
The county’s recreation department operates three parks: Discovery Island, Otter Creek and 7th Inning Splash, where new protocols have been established to keep visitors safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Beth Scheimann, aquatics manager at Discovery Island.
Some of the changes include:
- Lines for rides, attractions and concessions are marked by color-coded tape spaced 6 feet apart.
- Lines for the water slides will be moved from the stairs to the ground, where social distancing can be maintained.
- Water fountains can only be used to fill water bottles.
- All staff will be wearing gloves and have the option to use a mask.
- Pool chairs will be spaced 6 feet apart and regularly sanitized.
- Sanitation stations will be available throughout the parks.
- Lifeguards will use a mouth guard if and when they need to perform CPR.
Scheimann said tubes for the water slides will be sanitized after each use by using the chlorine water in the pool.
“When you guys get ready to get your tube or you get out of your tube, we’re going to flip it over and then flip it back,” she said.
Life jackets will also be sanitized after each use.
Discovery Island, Otter Creek and 7th Inning Splash opened on June 15 and are now open seven days a week.
For more information, visit Greenville County Rec.