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4JMUM! 5c w cJ -iisr -iisr - mfe 'M0k ' 'f; " : . " --,-V: --,-V: --,-V: --,-V: --,-V: -s. -s. Sfc - h '' Zff ;'--: ;'--: ;'--: ;'--: (Sir t,'v ' "K'V''': v ' Photo by Herb Slodounik The slide starts at the Nelson Park pool, top, and ends near Lake Shore Drive, bottom. Wh hi oos Park water slide season to begin The Nelson Park water slide will open on May 14, and a Decatur Park District official anticipates it could draw as many as 30,000 customers before the warm-weather warm-weather warm-weather season ends. The facility was completed last year and opened briefly at the end of the summer. This year, the slide will be opened about two weeks ahead of the Nelson Park swimming pool and about three weeks ahead of the Fairview Park pool, according to Ralph Rosser, director of parks. The early opening of the slide is designed to allow time for any changes that will be required before the heavy summer swimming season begins, Rosser said. The Nelson Park pool is to open on May 28 for the three-day three-day three-day Weekend in the Park program co-sponsored co-sponsored co-sponsored by the Park District and the Decatur Herald & Review, while the Fairview pool is to open June 4. Hours for the water slide during the early weeks will depend on the weather, Rosser said. If it is warm enough, the facility will be open after school on weekdays and at 10 a.m. on weekends. It will be closed when it cools in the evening. After schools close for summer vacation, there will be a 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. schedule. A new water pump and chlorination system are to be added to the facility, Rosser said, but this will not postpone postpone the opening. Also, splash guards will be installed in the curves to conserve water and give an added sense of security to people riding the slide. Once all the work is done, the cost of the facility will total about $400,000, Rosser said. . " The money to build the slide comes from a group of local investors. They will get a share of the revenue. The Park District will manage the slide and receive 35 percent of the gross revenue. .... . i The slide has two sections, one about 375feet Jong and the other about 400 feet. The cost will be $2.50 for eight tickets. Children 6 vears old and under will be required to wear lifejackets. t A S

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  1. Herald and Review,
  2. 27 Apr 1983, Wed,
  3. Page 3

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