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I drive by The Beach once a week. They've definitely been doing some work there, though it's hard to tell how much from the road (at least some painting). They put up the "Santa and reindeer" lights on top of the park sign, even though their holiday events are obviously not occurring this year. They were illuminated as I passed by at night, but there wasn't a single light on anywhere else in the park.

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Kings Island's water park has had 2 slide additions since the 80's. Proslide Tornado and Mat Racers. Aside from the new parking and 2nd wavepool, the slides are old with a fresh coat of paint. The Beach actually has a speed slide, Schlitterbahn style tube slides, and way decent water play areas and body slides. I'd much rather go to the Beach than KI's park any day of the year. The Beach isn't huge, but there's more to do for a longer time. Who doesn't love jumping off a 15ft deck into the water?! Or doing that by monkey bars, ropes, or zipline.

Sure they haven't added a slide since 2004, but if they add one or two more tube slides or a new Proslide type of ride, that would be awesome.

 

I think that if they could continue to add water attractions that are not anything like Kings Island's water park, this could work. I like the sounds of jumping off the 15 ft deck into a pool!

 

They could also add slides like this one I rode in Toronto...cheap & basic, yet a lot of fun & one that you don't see at a lot of water parks anymore. As long as they don't go all Action Park with slides that try to maim and kill people they should be okay!

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http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/morning_call/2013/01/beach-waterpark-reopening-hiring-400.html

 

The Beach Waterpark will reopen this May, complete with $5 million in renovations and hundreds of new jobs, wcpo.com reported.

 

The waterpark in Mason will open under new ownership and will honor all season passes that weren’t used last year when the park closed on March 9. Adventure Holdings LLC, a Jacksonville, Fla.-based company that owns and operates 18 family entertainment centers, now manages The Beach.

 

The park is spending $5 million on new rides and renovations to the kids’ area, activity area and the wave pool. In addition, the waterpark plans to hire 400 seasonal workers. The first job fair is scheduled for March 9.

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Another article about the planned opening:

http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20130122/NEWS/301230046

 

The park – which has been closed since September 2011 – will reopen May 18, but only two-thirds will be used, according to General Manager Ralph Vilardo Jr. He said the repairs are the first in a three-year renovation project.

 

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“We identified that this park needed a lot of work and it had a lot of ambiance,” Vilardo said. “It had the lush tropical setting but it also had a lot of deferred maintenance.”

 

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The Beach will not open the Snake River Rapids slide and Emerald Bay children’s area this year. Vilardo said the Beach hasn’t decided on the future of that area of the park. He said the $5 million that Adventure Holdings is spending on upgrades could double to $10 million over three years.

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Time for a thread title change -- this one's actually going to re-open this weekend as planned!

 

http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20130516/NEWS/305160170/Sneak-peek-Beach-Waterpark

 

Sneak peek at Beach Waterpark

Summer destination is set to re-open Saturday under new ownership

 

After being closed since September of 2011, new owners of the 35-acre Beach Waterpark gave the local media a sneak peek at the tourist attraction during a VIP event Thursday night.

 

During the event, owners Hank and Susan Woodburn of Adventure Holdings, greeted guests, while the their general manager Ralph Vilardo Jr. showed off the $5 million in upgrades to the park. Vilardo and the new owners hope that the regular Beach visitors will notice a big improvement.

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The slides are open, it just hasn't been busy. Kings Island has taken over since the park closed - they re colored their waterpark and added another wave pool as well. The Beach is a great little waterpark, and MUCH better than Kings Island's.

 

Kings Island added the Tornado and the 4 lane mat racer (terrible capacity) in 2004. Everything else is from 1989. I'd love to see them add more slides, but since the Beach has been struggling, they haven't done anything (Since 2004 when the Beach added their last slide)

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http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/news/zipline-other-attractions-coming-to-the-beach/ndNdG/

 

Two new rides are opening this year at The Beach, which will be the waterpark’s second season under new ownership.

 

One ride is a two-person zipline featuring a 600-foot drop over the wave pool, said Ralph Vilardo Jr., The Beach’s general manager. The second is a more than 400-foot long, four-lane mat racer ride. Riders will float headfirst on a foam rubber mat with two handles through a series of twists and turns.

 

Park operator Adventure Landing is investing approximately $1.5 million in the new attractions and to open a new in-park restaurant in remodeled space. Beachcomber Café also opens this season, selling sandwiches, wraps, quesadillas and other fare, the manager said.

 

The Beach, known for its heated wave pool with ocean-like crashing waves and sand beach, opens for the 2014 season on May 17.

 

“We want to reassure our customers, both new and old, that The Beach is back, it’s bigger and better than ever. It still has real sand, real surf, real palm trees and it’s going to have real new rides,” Vilardo said.

 

Jacksonville Beach, Fla.-based Adventure Holdings LLC, which operates 18 entertainment facilities in multiple states, bought the Warren County waterpark, located at 2590 Waterpark Drive in Mason, in 2012.

 

The Beach was abruptly closed before that, shuttered during the 2012 season. At the time, the former owners cited low attendance, the poor economy and competition as the reasons to shutdown.

 

Adventure Holdings spent $5 million on improvements to re-open the park in 2013.

 

The new owners have a three-year plan for making park enhancements, Vilardo said. The first year under the new owner, 2013, suffered from an unseasonably cool summer. Forty-two days in the 109-day operating season were cooler than normal or it rained. Attendance averaged 2,500 visitors a day.

 

“We opened with big fanfare, lots of new rides, lots of new excitement and Mother Nature was not the kindest to me,” Vilardo said.

 

However, “we knew that it wasn’t going to be an overnight thing,” he said. “Also because of the improvements we wanted to do, we knew we couldn’t do it all in one year. We continue to add two new rides and basically to reassure our customers we’re going to be here for the long run.”

 

Visitors this year will notice a growing hill at the park not there before; future plans are to open an 8- to 10-lane snow tubing hill in November 2014.

 

The Beach Waterpark first opened in 1985 on 35 acres in Mason.

 

Mason is also home to amusement park Kings Island, which has the waterpark Soak City. Kings Island, visible from The Beach property, invested $10 million to expand Soak City in 2012.

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^Glad to hear that as I always thought that The Beach looked pretty cool. Hopefully, they will keep expanding in order to draw people from KI.

 

KI's Soak City was okay, but laid out really funky due to the power lines going through the center of it.

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