Judd Weil-News Director
[FORD COUNTY, Kan.]
Grab your swimsuit and get your sunblock ready, the Long Branch Lagoon Water Park is set to open on Saturday, May 28.
This year, the City of Dodge City has taken over management and operations of the park after having worked with a management contractor in previous seasons.
The decision for the City to take over operations was approved by the Community Facilities Advisory Board, City of Dodge City Commission, and the Ford County Commission after the 2021 summer season.
"We built a high-quality facility for the community, and they deserve high-quality operations and management," said City Manager Nick Hernandez. "The last few years haven't met the community's standards, and we decided to bring the management in-house to ensure patrons receive the best quality service."
Along with taking over the hiring process and getting administration staff on board, the Parks and Facilities department has improved the facility itself.
"Over the offseason, staff has worked with contractors to rebuff and wax the slides and paint the exteriors," said Parks & Facilities Director Daniel Cecil. "Staff has revamped the concessions area and brought the back of house operations back to speed."
For the 2022 season, the City of Dodge City is excited to announce Kaitlyn Paul and Matthew Samsel as aquatic managers, Maureen Brown as the admissions and concessions supervisor, and Kasey Copeland as the guard and programming supervisor.
There will be an opportunity to meet the management team and purchase season passes from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, May 27, at the Long Branch Lagoon. Season pass holders will also be invited to take the first swim of the season.
"I am so excited for opening weekend to be here and for everybody to be welcomed back to the Long Branch Lagoon," said Aquatic Manager Kaitlyn Paul. "As new comanager, I hope that we can have a fun and safe season for everybody. Come cool off this summer and see us at the pool."