published Monday, May 27th, 2013

Hundreds flock to grand opening of Soakya water park (with video)

Hundreds attend opening of Lake Winnie's SoakYa water park
Hundreds of people attended the grand opening of Lake Winnie's newest attraction, SoakYa, a five-acre water park with four large slides, a "Crazy River" and children's play area. Admission to both the "dry" portion of the park and the water park is $31.95.
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    Patrons exit the "Crazy River" at Lake Winnepesaukah's newest attraction, Soakya water park Monday. The water park features four large slides, a children's play area and a "Crazy River." Admission to both the "dry" park and water park is $31.95.
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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.

about Joan Garrett McClane...

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, ...

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