Stake your claim to summer fun at the new Water Mine Family Swimmin'
Hole at Lake Fairfax Park! The recently expanded waterpark
now features family fun with age-appropriate water attractions for
everyone from toddlers to teens and beyond. "It was awesome,"
said 8-year-old Averie Earle enthusiastically after she tried out the
new body flume slides at the park when they opened late last summer.
"I will definitely be back!"
The new Water Mine attractions include spraypads, climbable play
structures and a tower with three body flume slides that older
children enjoy. "The slides are a lot bigger than the older ones,
and faster and fun for the kids," said Ashraf Quadan, who
accompanied his three children, Salma, 6; Zania, 10 and Raghad, 11 to
the park last summer. The new features complement the traditional
water slides, spouts, showers, geysers and tubing on the Rattlesnake
River that younger children have enjoyed for years.
"This is great because I have a 6-year-old and a 14-year-old and
now the Water Mine can accommodate both of them," said Allyson
Jurutka who accompanied her sons to the park late last summer.
While she and her younger son, Nate, enjoyed the features for
younger children, her older son Ben took the plunge down the bigger,
new body flume slides. "My favorite are the yellow and green
slides," he said. "It's dark going down the slide, and you
don't see the twists and turns." His buddy, 13-year-old Christian
Geiger, agreed. "The new slides are pretty fast," he said.
"I close my eyes while going down, and you feel this rush when
you hit the water and you get water all over. It's like a
The new slides are closely supervised by well-trained lifeguards.
Guards at the top of the slides help assure order as children wait in
line to take their turn. They use brightly colored flags that
correspond with the slide colors to communicate to the lifeguards
below that the next person is about to slide down. This signals the
ground-level guards to assure a safe ride by making sure no one else
one else is on the slide below.
"I've been watching them, and I am very impressed with how they
watch the children," said Paula Earle, who treated granddaughter
Averie Earle and her two friends to a day at the Water Mine late last
summer. She knew the girls were having a good time when she suggested
they head home after a full day at the park.
"Are you guys ready to go?"
"Okay. We'll stay as long as you want."
Earle says the Water Mine has been a family fun destination since
her children were young, and she looks forward to creating new
memories here with her grandchildren for years to come. "The
price is really reasonable," she said. "The picnic area is
nice, we bring in our own bag lunches, snacks and drinks, and it's
something we can do on weekdays."
The Water Mine opens May 28 for the 2016 season.