Nashville Shores Waterpark on the shores of Percy Priest Lake in Davidson County was scheduled to open May 4 this season but was delayed, and officials are following state and local government recommendations for their reopening plans related to COVID-19 mandates.
Early June is the desired target opening date.
“Safety has always been our No. 1 priority, and we are taking every step possible to ensure the safety of all our guests and employees when the park does open this year,” said Nashville Shores director of marketing Daniel Strobel.
Nashville Shores has provided family fun for middle Tennesseans for more than two decades.
“We are committed to continue providing lasting memories this summer,” Strobel said. “We are so thankful and appreciative of the community’s support and patronage through the years, and we are excited to welcome guests back this season. With big things in store, including our new slide Mega Mayhem, Nashville Shores looks forward to celebrating a great season.”
Its opening date is determined by guidance from Metro authorities. But Strobel said they are working to prepare for reopening in early June. Additionally, they are working with the Metro Health Department.
Strobel said the health and safety of their team members and guests are their No. 1 priority and will continue to be their main point of emphasis when they open.
Guests may wonder about water safety.
“CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] stated that there is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of pools, and the water chemicals in pools should remove or inactivate the virus,” Strobel said. “We already have detailed, stringent sanitation protocols in place for every department in our park, and we are also taking additional precautions in preparation for our opening to keep our guests and employees safe.”
Strobel said they are fortunate, because they are an outdoor park with a lot of open space to have ample room for guests to maintain proper social distancing. The park will limit capacity to operate as safely as possible as directed by local officials, according to Strobel.
Some methods Nashville Shores will put in place when opened include:
• exponentially increasing the frequency of cleaning and sanitizing in all areas of the park with products that meet EPA guidelines.
• sanitizing all guest and team member touch points throughout the day.
• providing sanitizer and anti-bacterial products throughout the property.
• installing signage to remind employees and guests of health, hygiene and social distancing best practices.
• adhering to social distancing practices by changing, rerouting and clearly marking specific areas in queue lines and other areas of the facility to maintain a safe 6-foot distance.
• providing employees with masks and gloves.
• screening all employees daily with temperature monitoring and asking team members who are exhibiting cold or flu-like symptoms to stay home and contact their local healthcare provider.
New Mega Mayhem ride one of only six in the world
It’s a family-thrill water slide, new to the park this season. Beginning atop a towering, six-story platform, it is a colossal family raft ride that is like two slides in one.
“It is a hybrid slide featuring a huge funnel and a giant four-story wave wall,” said Strobel. “It is the only slide of its type in Tennessee and one of only six in the entire world.
Besides the thrills guests will experience on the slide, the view of the waterpark and Percy Priest Lake from the top of the tower is incredible.”
Mega Mayhem will be open when the park opens.
Its popular Tree Tops Adventure Park will open when the waterpark opens, as well.
However, the lodging program that includes cabins and RV site is currently open and welcoming guests.