‘Playground on the water’ opens Friday on Kempenfelt Bay

All-day come and go structure gone this season due to COVID

Slides, ropes, jumps, swings, bouncy castles and more.

Brittany Gallagher, owner of Splash on Water Parks, says they have taken a playground you would find at a park and put it on the water.

The company is back for another season on Kempenfelt Bay at Centennial Beach after 2020 was wiped out by the pandemic.

Splash on Water Parks opens Friday and will run through Labour Day weekend.

Like everything, COVID-19 protocols loom large.

“There have been quite a few different changes to the business structure,” says Gallagher. “We are not doing our all-day come and go pass structure for 2021. There will be two-hour time slots. We are sticking to the government regulations of 25 per cent capacity. We also have half an hour in-between each two-hour booking for cleaning.”

Splash on Water Parks opens Friday, July 2


The company also operated a water park in Orillia in 2019 but the demands of the pandemic and protocols mean that won’t be possible again this year, though Gallagher is confident they will be back in the Sunshine City in 2022.

As for Barrie, the booking system is online. People must bring their cellphone as COVID screening is by QR code.

Gallagher was thrilled with the response from the public in 2019 as more than 20,000 people used the water park.

The company has spotters to watch the participants and all of them are certified lifeguards.