New Splash Adventure owners make a dramatic point to remove parking fees

Posted Friday, April 18, 2014 8:56 AM | Contributed by Vater

The new owners of Splash Adventure water and amusement park in Bessemer dramatically made the point that parking is now free by dropping a pay booth 50 feet to a thundering crash. Dan Koch, president of Splash Adventure, added the exclamation point by taking a sledgehammer to the rubble.

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Friday, April 18, 2014 8:58 AM
Jeff's avatar

From the comments on the news site:

All the black kids broke in line in front of you and the workers which were also black just watched them.

Someone actually typed that. This is why I don't care for the south.

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Friday, April 18, 2014 10:43 AM
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To be fair, the South is making slow but substantial progress.

That being said, my drive up I-75 toward Wild Adventures/SFoG takes me past what I believe to be the largest rebel flag still flying.

It's a mixed bag, but if people with good intentions leave the South, it won't get better. We have to stay and change things from the inside.

Friday, April 18, 2014 11:41 AM
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We? Florida isn't the south, it's three other states.

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Friday, April 18, 2014 2:29 PM
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Once you're 30 mins north of Orlando, you're pretty much in south Georgia...

Friday, April 18, 2014 4:36 PM

Here's what else is wrong with the south: the parking was only 8 bucks anyway.

Friday, April 18, 2014 5:07 PM
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I have a theory that the more times you have guests open their wallets, the more wary they'll be with spending once inside the park. Move that income to the gate. Guests will be in a better mood and more likely to buy schwag.

Then again, I'm no theme park expert. And perhaps once inside the park and presumably having fun, the parking would be a distant memory.

"I go out at 3 o' clock for a quart of milk and come home to my son treating his body like an amusement park!" - Estelle Costanza
Friday, April 18, 2014 5:26 PM

I think that's a good point.

There's also the theory that people will flock to any place that attaches the word "free" to it's offerings. That could be a pitfall, as you might attract a bunch of folks who didn't have a dime in their pocket anyway.

Some of those comments are ghastly all right. (Another example that makes me think comments should be banned...) In there someone mentions that the park is planning to increase its admission price and people tend to notice and complain about it, too, so we'll see.

Sunday, April 20, 2014 11:09 PM

Jeff said:

This is why I don't care for the south.

Thanks for the encouraging words Jeff. I am planning on relocating to Alabama this fall.

Racism exists in the north as well as the south. It may be more blatant in the south, but places like Northeast Ohio can be just as racist. While the racism here is more covert compared to the overt racism in the south, it still exists.

Unfortunately, thanks at least partly to racist attitudes, Splash Adventure has a bad reputation, and Dan has his work cut out for him. However, if the park increases admission prices and strictly enforces park rules, it has a chance to succeed.

Aside from the ride formerly known as Pilgrim's Plunge, Dan and his family have done amazing things at Holiday World. With his experience, I know Dan has a good shot of turning this place around!



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