Hundreds of people turned out today for the grand opening of the area’s only water park, Soakya, at Lake Winnepesaukah.
After an official ceremony that included speeches from state lawmakers and the Georgia tourism office, guests were allowed to enter at 1 p.m.
“Congratulations to everybody who has worked so diligently,” said Talley Green, the daughter of the parks operator and public relations manager, to a crowd waiting to enter.
The five-acre, multimillion-dollar park addition premiered in bright sunlight on one of the first days of summer vacation. Lifeguards were on duty throughout the park, and long lines formed quickly at the adventure river and tube slides.
Joan Garrett McClane has been a staff writer for the Times Free Press since August 2007. Before becoming a general assignment writer for the paper, she wrote about business, higher education and the court systems. She grew up the oldest of five sisters near Birmingham, Ala., and graduated with a master's and bachelor's degrees in journalism from the University of Alabama. Before landing her first full-time job as a reporter at the Times Free Press, ...