- Two men seriously hurt in crash near Fruitland (9/21/16)3
- Driver charged with manslaughter in crash that killed 2 (9/27/16)
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Video and evidence largely confirm trooper's claims in April traffic stop shooting (9/23/16)9
- Cape man may lose eye after shovel beating, police say (9/25/16)2
- Funeral procession of former Cape Girardeau police chief Henry H. Gerecke (9/22/16)17
- Cape man accused of attacking pregnant girlfriend (9/22/16)
- Planning, design puts renovations of H-H building into hotel on hold (9/26/16)5
- Show Me Center upgrades may allow facility to draw more elaborate shows (9/21/16)17
- Woman accused of pushing Wal-Mart employee after theft (9/27/16)
A weekend does not a summer make, but clearly the Cape Splash aquatic center is off to a good start in 2012.
Attendance for the holiday weekend was up significantly over a year ago, mainly due to last year's cool and wet weather conditions compared to this year's record highs that drew 3,713 to the park for the weekend. In one hour of operations May 26, the park made more revenue than last year's entire first day.
The holiday weekend numbers were not as high as when the park opened in 2010, but that is to be expected.
When supporters of a park tax in 2008 were making their pitch for a half-cent sales tax increase to fund a $20 million facilities plan, they guessed that the $6.1 million aquatic center would be a break-even proposition in terms of revenue and operations. Detractors worried that the operations of the water park would go the opposite direction and put a drain on the overall operations of the city.
It's still only three years in to the facility, and it's possible the attendance could drop over the years, but so far the park has generated revenue far beyond expectations. Even after last year's weather conditions, the facility netted $144,876, city officials say. The park netted $322,208 the first year. That's nearly $470,000 in two years.
Beyond the numbers, the water park is simply a fun place for families to spend some fun time together. It's one piece of a growing number of attractions and businesses that are drawing more families to Cape Girardeau more often.
That's the kind of splash voters were hoping for.