Lazy River, Cliffhangers remain closed at Sandcastle |

Lazy River, Cliffhangers remain closed at Sandcastle

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
JoAnne Klimovich Harrop | Tribune-Review
The Lazy River at Sandcastle waterpark in Homestead hasn’t been open all season because spring flooding damaged the fiberglass.
JoAnne Klimovich Harrop | Tribune-Review
The Lazy River at Sandcastle waterpark in Homestead hasn’t been open all season because spring flooding damaged the fiberglass.
JoAnne Klimovich Harrop | Tribune-Review
The Cliffhangers slide at Sandcastle waterpark in Homestead hasn’t been open all season because spring flooding damaged the adjacent Lazy River which uses the same filtering system.

This summer, Sandcastle’s Lazy River has been really lazy.

The popular attraction, along with the water park’s Cliffhangers slides, have yet to open for the season.

“In the off-season, we had such bad flooding, and then the water froze, which cracked the Lazy River’s fiberglass,” Tyler Saxon, sales and marketing director for the park, told the Tribune-Review on Thursday. “It needed major repairs, and we needed dry days to be able to make those repairs.”

The Cliffhangers can’t open because they share the Lazy River’s water filtration system, he said.

A rainy May impeded progress on the repairs.

“We have been trying to do work on the sunny days,” Saxon said.

Once the Lazy River’s fiberglass is repaired, it will need to be sanded, then painted. It takes a day to fill the space and another day to make sure the water is safe, Saxon said. He and general manager Tom Radovic said they can’t give a definite opening date for either ride’s reopening.

“The crew is working hard,” Radovic said. “We want the Lazy River and Cliffhanger open. But we need to make sure it is safe before we open them. People have been asking us when they will open. The Lazy River is one of our main attractions.”

The Lazy River is the only fiberglass pool at the water park. The others are concrete, Radovic said.

Some guests haven’t been happy about the situation and expressed as much on Facebook.

User Ken James wrotes, “As usual (Cliffhangers) closed. No water in the lazy river. They must have been (too) lazy to fill it.”

“Keep hearing lazy river is always closed,” user Bryan Meredith writes. “And yet you guys are still trying to sell season passes??? Who’s running this place?”

The Lazy River provides “time to relax as the gentle current drifts you down a quarter-mile of floating fun along the river and under the slide,” according the Sandcastle’s website. “You can swim, walk or lounge in single or double tubes.”

The Cliffhangers are parallel slides where riders climb 45 steps and enjoy three sky ponds along the way before sliding into a landing pool. Riders must be 48 inches tall and a capable swimmer.

“It is both a blessing and a curse to be located so close to the river,” Saxon said.

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact JoAnne at 412-320-7889, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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