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Posted on: August 4, 2017

Manager's Message of the Week (8/4)

Dawn Francis, Town Manager

New Inflatable Water Park Now Open at Bayside Beach!

Colchester Parks and Recreation is excited to introduce their newest addition to the Bayside waterfront: a giant inflatable slide and climbing structure. Visit us at Bayside Beach to rent a life-vest and play on the inflatables!

Open Monday – Sunday, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The cost is $5.00 for one half-hour life-jacket rental and includes 30 minutes on the inflatables. Life-jackets MUST be rented from Bayside Paddle Sports. Lifeguards will review the Rules and Regulations with each group beforehand, then escort groups of no more than 15 people out to the structure and back. The lifeguards will stay in the inflatable area while patrons are on the structure.

We had a Q&A session with Glen Cuttitta, Director of Parks and Recreation, for more about the new attraction:

Q: From where did this idea come? Do you know of other towns that have an inflatable water park? 

A: I saw it on a website where we buy our paddleboards and kayaks and thought it would be cool to have one. I am not aware of any towns in Vermont that have one, but I haven’t researched it.

Q: Where did you get the inflatable? Does the company specialize in inflatable Parks and Recreation equipment? 

A: We purchased it through Commercial Recreation Systems. They are a distributor of inflatable water equipment.

Q: Why is there a height requirement?

A: The height requirement was a manufacturing requirement and is typical of most inflatable waterparks. 

Q: How deep is the water under the inflatable and how far out is it placed? 

A: It is currently in 11 feet of water but needs a minimum of 8 feet. It’s about 200 feet from shore.

Q: How is the inflatable anchored? 

A: It’s held in place by very large concrete blocks.

Q: Can the inflatable be rented for parties? 

A: We are not currently reserving it for parties—maybe next year.

Q: Is it for kids only or can parents go out on it with their kids? 

A: It’s for anyone over 48 inches tall.

Q: When will the Inflatable Water Park close for the season? 

A: It will close on August 27th.

For Inflatable Water Park Rules and Regulations and to review the rental agreement visit http://colchestervt.gov/1835/Inflatable-Water-Park or call 264-5640.

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