Oakland County Waterparks Closed for the Summer
I don't think it will come as a surprise that Oakland County waterparks will be closed for the summer to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It sucks, summer isn't even here yet and already we've lost another fun option.
According to WDIV, both Red Oaks Waterpark in Madison Heights and Waterford Oaks Waterpark in Waterford will be closed for the 2020 season.
It all boils down to safety and the fact that it's pretty much impossible to practice social distancing at a waterpark. It sure would be nice though, wouldn't it? Those parks are always so insanely busy, 80% fewer people would be right on point in my opinion. That's just me being selfish, nothing more.
Parks and Recreation Operations Manager Sue Wells released a statement due to the closures:
We cannot guarantee the safety of our lifeguard staff which interacts very face-to-face and hands-on with swimmers who may be in distress. Decisions like these are very difficult to make and counterintuitive to parks and recreation professionals who are in a social business. But the health and safety of our guests and staff remain our top priority.
We used to go to Waterford Oaks Waterpark in Waterford all the time, it was always a total blast but we've haven't gone in years. Of course, now that I'm talking about these waterparks, I really want to go this summer. Unfortunately, that's not going to happen.