Just as mask mandates and COVID-related restrictions have lifted across Minnesota, the reopening of a popular water park in the Twin Cities has been delayed due to another blow from Mother Nature.
Heavy rain on Thursday, May 27 led to an electrical failure – water got into the main electrical distribution panel, ruining the equipment – at the Edina Aquatic Center, located at 4300 West 66th Street.
The water park was set to reopen Friday, June 4, but the electrical issue will push the opening back by about one week.
"We know this is disappointing news," said General Manager Patty McGrath. "We did a lot to prepare for this year's opening, including painting the pool and slide tower, refurbishing the dry play area and renovating the zip line structure. We are working as fast as we can to fix the electrical panel so we can warmly welcome back our patrons and enjoy the summer together."
The Edina Aquatic Center features a 50-meter lap pool, diving well, diving boards, wave surf simulator, body and tube slides, zip line, water playground and a Oakwood Forest dry playground for kids.
Season pass holders may be in line for an incentive due to the delayed opening, though city officials haven't yet announced what it might be.