A summertime splashback

Canyon Aqua Park opens Monday, June 15


Kodi Hicks

The CAP has taken several safety measures to open, including pool sanitation and more.

The Canyon Aqua Park will open Monday, June 15 with a lower attendant capacity and admission tickets available online to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

As a part of Gov. Abbott’s guidelines regarding water park operations while the state reopens, the CAP has restructured their business hours to fit in an hour of sanitation. The park is open to guests from 12 p.m.-3 p.m., 4 p.m.-7 p.m. on Monday-Saturday and 1 p.m.-4 p.m., 5 p.m.-8 p.m. on Sundays.

“We want to make sure that all employees and patrons are safe,” CAP manager Andrew Neighbors said. “I think people will appreciate what we are doing with our disinfecting, our sanitation and these extra precautions that we’re taking due to the virus.”

We want to make sure that all employees and patrons are safe.”

— Andrew Neighbors, CAP manager

To encourage social distancing, staff members placed markers on the ground spaced six feet apart from one another.

“We will be disinfecting on a regular basis all the high-traffic areas and all the high-touch areas,” Neighbors said. “People will get to pick their three hour slot that they want to come to. We’ve also dropped the [ticket] price to five dollars.”

Along with pool-wide sanitation, staff members’ temperatures will be monitored. Employees will be required to wear face masks and will not be allowed to work if symptoms of COVID-19 are shown.

“It’s very interesting because this is my first job,” said Max Cardenas, junior and CAP employee. “I thought it would be very different, but it’s not. We’re just trying to make it the same experience as it was before–to have the fun and have the feeling of being at a water park–except, of course, we have to try to keep everyone safe. I’m mostly looking forward to making memories, having experiences with people and making new friends.”