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Waterpark's second season to get off to sliding start

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The H2OBX Waterpark in Harbinger, shown here on its opening day in June 2017, officially opens for its 2018 season today at 10 a.m.

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By William F. West
Staff Writer

Saturday, May 26, 2018

HARBINGER — Sea­son two of the H2OBX Water­park in Lower Cur­rituck gets off to a slid­ing start to­day at 10 a.m.

H2OBX Gen­eral Man­ager Damian Don­dero said the wa­ter­park has hired about 400 peo­ple this sea­son, about 50 more than last year. Work­ers run the gamut from 16-year-olds to school teach­ers off for the sum­mer, he said.

The $46 mil­lion fa­cil­ity, which opened last June, fea­tures high-rise slides, a man-made “lazy river” and a gi­ant wave pool.

Don­dero said H2OBX plans to of­fer many of the same wa­ter at­trac­tions it did last year.

“Our main fo­cus this past off-sea­son was re­ally to look back at our op­er­a­tion and kind of tweak,” he said.

Don­dero said the wa­ter­park did make a few changes and im­prove­ments, in­clud­ing a sep­a­rate of­fice for sea­son-pass sales and separate entrance for season-pass holders to help things run smoother. Also new are cool­ing sprays to the con­crete decks so cus­tomers’ feet won’t get hot.

Don­dero de­clined to re­lease at­ten­dance fig­ures for the wa­ter­park’s first year.

“But I can say that we’ve had some great crowds,” he said. “And we’re look­ing for­ward to hav­ing even greater crowds this year.”

Don­dero said most cus­tomers are com­ing from Cur­rituck and Dare coun­ties and Vir­ginia’s Hamp­ton Roads area. A siz­able num­ber are also tourists headed for the Outer Banks.

“They’re from all over,” he said.

Don­dero said the H2OBX Water­park is hav­ing a com­mer­cial im­pact in Cur­rituck.

“We’re very happy to be here, not just to pro­vide some­thing, but also for the eco­nomic growth of this area of North Carolina,” he said.

Although H2OBX of­fi­cially opens to­day, the park was open for about four hours on Fri­day to give sea­son-pass hold­ers a preview.

To­day’s weather should be good for today’s official opening of the park. The fore­cast for Lower Currituck calls for a high around 80 de­grees, with in­ter­vals of clouds and sun­shine in the morn­ing, and more clouds later in the day. The fore­cast indicates a stray shower or thun­der­storm is possible.

Ad­mis­sion to the waterpark is $41.99 for the day, $29.99 for chil­dren un­der 42 inches tall. Prices go down af­ter 3 p.m., however, to $28.99 for both grownups and young­sters. The best value remains a sea­son pass. They cost $129.

H2OBX is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. through the rest of the sum­mer. The park’s clos­ing date will be Sept. 3.

H2OBX Water­park is lo­cated at 8526 Cara­toke High­way and can be reached by phone at 491-3000. More in­for­ma­tion is also avail­able on the in­ter­net at https://​www.h2obxwa­ter­park.com/.

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