Problem Solver - August 2012
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Bring New Life to Your Waterpark

To keep people coming back for more, most waterparks occasionally try to add some new excitement, with new rides, new water attractions and more. When budgets get tight, it can be difficult to maintain attendance levels, but with proper attention to maintenance and even some simple upgrades, you can keep people's interest high.

Q: We're concerned that maintenance isn't up to par at our waterpark. What happens if we perform maintenance less regularly?

A: All aquatic facilities require strict attention to regular maintenance. And the environment of an aquatic facility—with chlorine-treated water, UV radiation and high humidity—can cause wear and tear to waterslides and other equipment, if you shirk on maintenance.

You might think that you'll be saving money by cutting back on maintenance, but in the end it will cost more as your park loses its appeal. Patron safety might even be compromised, which is a big problem.

Q: We don't have adequate staff to perform regular maintenance. Is there a way to simplify this?

A: With many facilities cutting back on staff, it can be challenging to meet maintenance requirements. You can make things easier by hiring an outside service provider to do the required maintenance at your waterpark. This approach offers many benefits. While your waterpark staff might come and go, a service provider's team is made up of professionals who know how to determine exactly what your park needs. They also have experience built up as they perform jobs at parks across the country.

Service providers can perform standard maintenance, such as taking care of your waterslides by waxing and buffing the interior, cleaning the exterior and repairing minor scratches and chips. They also will notify you if bigger problems are developing.

Other services might include recoating of worn, damaged or faded surfaces; replacement or repair of damaged components; and replacement of damaged or worn decking and steel components.

You may reach a point where you're ready to staff up and perform maintenance with your own in-house team again. In this case, you can ask your service provider if they offer training. With their varied experience in maintaining waterslides and water play equipment across the country, they can show you what works, and what doesn't.

Q: We know that adding new waterpark elements brings excitement and attracts patrons, but we don't have the budget to add a new attraction. Is there something we can do with the slides and attractions we already have?

A: You can reinvent an existing waterslide with a simple renovation, adding lights and even sound to heighten the excitement and create a whole new experience. This is an easy, inexpensive way to bring new life to a slide that might be growing boring for patrons.

You can illuminate the inside of your slides with an array of exciting colors and even images like sea creatures. This is also a great way to add a theme to your park, which is an increasingly common way for parks to create a brand and connect with their communities.

You can even take it a step further with lights, sounds and special effects to create an entertainment experience unlike anything your patrons have seen before.


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