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Wilderness Resorts and Waterparks said Wednesday it will open its 50-acre Soaky Mountain Waterpark in Sevierville, Tennessee on Saturday, June 27.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the grand opening of the complex is planned in early 2021 and for now park attendance will be limited and masks will be provided as an option for guests who want to wear them.

"We want to throw a big celebration to mark the opening of this fabulous waterpark, but for right now, we will have to wait and practice responsible social distancing and other safety precautions outlined in our Safer at Play Program," said Dave Andrews, general manager of Soaky Mountain Waterpark.

Andrews said the Centers for Disease Conrol has stated there is no evidence that COVID-19 can spread to humans through the use of pools and hot tubs. With proper operation, maintenance and disinfection (e.g. with chlorine or bromine) the virus should be removed or inactivated, Andrews said.

Highlights of new Soaky Mountain Waterpark include the Avalaunch, a first-of-its kind watercoaster with four flying saucer features that create a drop-and-dive sensation and one wave curved wall; Soaky Surge, a massive, 35,000 square foot wave pool capable of generating waves 6 feet high; Black Bear Rapids, an adventure river encompassing 24,000 square feet; and The Hive, a bee-themed play-and-spray feature with countless hands-on activities for younger children.

There is also Boomers Bay, a super fun kid activity pool area with smaller versions of the adult-size towering slides including Lil' Rattlers and Mini Mayhem so kids can experience the thrills and chills of the waterpark on their level; an adventure pool with a water obstacle course; a 3,800 square foot flat-water cabana pool for relaxing poolside; and Hang 10essee, a double FlowRider.

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