Waterpark's second season to get off to sliding start
By William F. West
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/.