“We’ve had crews out here all winter long working on infrastructure, electrical work, and wave pool generation for the new wave pool,” said Cory Hinz, Recreation Services Manager for Anoka County Parks.
As the COVID pandemic was taking hold last year, Anoka County decided to close Bunker Beach as a safety precaution. It also gave contractors more time to do the $6.5 million job.
“The actual shell of the wave pool will be 100% completed in the next few weeks, and then come the finishes,” said Hinz. “The plaster on the pool floor, the painting of the pool, the installation of the brand new play features that will be going Into the lagoon that’s attached to the wave pool.”
The re-built water park could handle up to 2500 guests at one time, but the actual number is likely to be lower as long as COVID rules are in place.
“Right now, the maximum capacity the water park can operate at is 550 guests,” said Hinz. “We’re looking at plans to maximize that, perhaps having two different sessions during the day. And then also part of the guidance is reservation only and pre-pay online.”
The new facility is larger and will feature a zero depth walk in lagoon. And for those who like to swim in early June, Hinz says one upgrade will make things a bit more comfortable.
“This wave pool after 34 years will be opening up heated. The water will be heated going into the 2021 season,” Hinz said.
With nearly 150 seasonal workers, the water park is one of the largest seasonal employers in Anoka County. Right now they are hiring people to fill concessions, guest services, maintenance and life guard positions. You can find out more about those jobs at: bunkerbeach.com