SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE 28/WYOU 22 EYEWITNESS NEWS) — Wednesday was a beautiful day to hit the water slides. And a local water park also kicked off its daily operations.
Montage Mountain Waterpark is now open daily for the summer with a few protocols and tons of smiles. Both the guests and staff are thrilled for the start of the 2021 season.
“It’s tons of fun and it makes it a whole lot better that we don’t have to wear masks on the rides, that would be a whole lot harder,” said Hartley Crawford, from Hunlock Creek.
Families spent their Wednesday afternoon enjoying the sunshine, but the park still has a few COVID-19 policies to keep in mind.
“So, we ask anyone that isn’t vaccinated to wear a mask, not in the water of course, but as their making their way around the park entering, the fact that we’re outdoors and so many people in our area are now vaccinated makes it comfortable and it’s really bringing us back to that sense of normalcy,” Tyler Crawford, Director of Resort Services said.
To these friends, having some fun and feeling normal is what it’s all about.
“We’re here for like four or five hours and we are going to try to go on every slide and every pool area,” said Mackenzie Gregorio, of Hunlock Creek.
Their favorite ride: the Tucker Tornado. They call it ‘the big one’.
“It’s like you go straight down and then you go in a big circle kinda,” explained Makayla Gregorio, from Hunlock Creek.
And events are back at the park.
“Just a regular Wednesday in June we’ve got Wild Wednesdays with EJ the DJ, tonight we have our first adult swim night,” Crawford said.
The Weisenfluh family is thrilled the parks finally open daily.
“Season ticket holders, why not it’s so close it’s affordable beautiful you can come up here for a couple hours and enjoy the water slides and the kids love it,” Sarah Weisenfluh, from Taylor said.
They say the atmosphere around the deck is contagious.
“It’s amazing to see everyone smiling and out enjoying it’s just wonderful everything it opening,” Weisenfluh said.
While they are hiring at the park, Crawford says they’ve been lucky.
“Luckily, we here on the mountain have not experienced the same staff shortage as everyone else but we’re trying to get as many people to apply as best as we can so we can get ahead this summer.”
The waterpark is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and is open Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. for its first adult swim of the season.