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Mallard offering discount passes

By Martin Burkey
DAILY Staff Writer

mburkey@decaturdaily.com 340-2441

Two more weeks remain in a money-saving offer Point Mallard Park officials hope will make its aquatic center irresistible.

The park is offering discounts on season passes through April 29. Individual passes regularly $65 are selling for $55. One-day tickets for people 12 and over are $15, Marketing Director John Marusak said.

"If you came four times, you have your pass paid for," he said.

A season pass for a family of four normally $230 is $215. Adding a family member, normally $55, is $45.

Senior passes for people 62 and over, normally $55, are $45.

The park also is allowing pass buyers to put 20 percent down for the discount passes this month and pay off the balance before the aquatic center opens May 28.

In January, the City Council voted to raise the price of one-day passes from $12.50 to $15 for adults and from $8.50 to $10 for children under 12.

The water park will be open daily through Aug. 7. Through that date, admission will be half price all day on Tuesdays and 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays.

The water park will remain open Saturdays and Sundays from Aug. 7 through Labor Day weekend, Marusak said. In addition, the park's water slides will remain open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 8 p.m. during the abbreviated schedule.

Marusak said he and Point Mallard Director Bob Stewart developed the discount and the term-payment deal to help local residents.

"I hear a lot of people who say they couldn't come up with the season pass at one time," he said. "It's just something to create a little interest in the park and get some sales coming in here in April and get revenue for the aquatic center."

He noted that no refunds are given for season passes.

The water park is undergoing about $800,000 in renovations that include a new concession stand and entrance, water slide, and cool walkway from the Olympic pool to the wave pool areas. The new slide is called the Space Bowl, Marusak said. It is an enclosed 130-foot flume that goes around and drops swimmers into a catch pool.

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