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Cool Summer Weather Keeps Water Park Business from Heating Up
Labor Day marked the end of a disappointing season for the Knight's Action Park water park.
Monday's sunny skies came too late for the park, whose co-owner said business was down 30 percent this year. Cool temperatures and overcast weather kept the park from attracting larger crowds throughout the rest of the summer.
"It gets pretty depressing when you get your summer weather at the end of the year," said co-owner Doug Knight. "I mean, now it should be starting to cool off a little bit. And, well, today is cooler than it has been. And so, it's going to be a beautiful day."
Knight says it's too bad there weren't more of those days earlier. He estimated his park only saw five weeks of good weather, and two of them were while school was in session.
Many people will assume it's going to rain if it's cloudy outside, he said, and even if the weather turns out nice by noon, they will have already found something else to do.
Low attendance is bad for water parks, which no matter the attendance rate need to pay for lifeguards staff, electricity, water and chemicals.
"It's not bad spending money on chemicals when you've got people in the pool, but when you're spending money and you don't have many people in the park, it's pretty heart-breaking."
Not every summer business suffered from the weather. Hot weather isn't necessary for a shaved ice stand, for example.
Weber's Ice Deli in Chatham has been doing better than last summer, in part, thanks to cooler temperatures.
"Typically 80 to 90 is better for usbecause people walk, they ride their bike, they get out doors more. So it's been a good summer," said owner Jerry Weber.
While the cool weather may have kept many away, there were also a number of season pass holders at the park who had already made multiple visits this summer.
"There was a couple weeks where it was kinda in the lower 70's, but we still came out," said Debbie Walsh, who was at the pool with her 10-year-old twin children. "I didn't get in the water as much as they did, but they still had fun."