Fun in the sun: Splashdown Beach Water Park reopens to public on Saturday

Published By News 12 Staff

May 27, 2021, 5:38pm EDT
If you’re looking to do something a little closer to home this weekend – or even this summer – you can add Fishkill to your destination plans.
Splashdown Beach Water Park reopens to the public this Saturday after the pandemic sunk the 2020 season.
Andrew Chafatelli, the water park’s chief operating officer, says two things will never change in Fishkill.
“We say we’re one of the cleanest water parks in the country and that’s one of our prides. But also, it’s one of the safest water parks in the country. We have one of the best lifeguarding programs,” he says.
Their lifeguards are prepared to save lives, and they have a new tool in their arsenal that is said to fight COVID-19.
“God forbid we ever do have to use a CPR mask, we now use a HEPA filter, which is a filter that goes on the mask to prevent virus’ being spread through the mask,” says Kieran O’Keefe, of Splashdown Beach.
And there are measures to prevent surface spread, too.
“AVISTAT-D for example, is known to eliminate coronavirus. We’re going to be using that to hit all the hotspots in our park and restrooms,” says Matt Stevens, of Splashdown Beach.
There will also be social distancing and a reduced capacity.
Vaccinated guests won’t need a mask to move around the park, except everyone will need to put one on to go inside any buildings.
If need be, Splashdown will even give guests bags to keep masks dry.

SplashDown Beach Water Park is reopening. Check out when you can hit the slides.

“America’s Biggest Little Water Park” has announced it will reopen for the first time in roughly 21 months.

SplashDown Beach Water Park in Fishkill will open for the Summer 2021 season on Saturday, May 29.

The water park typically operates from Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day weekend in September. COVID-19 restrictions made reopening last year impossible, though park operators held out hope and remained ready to operate, going so far as announcing safety guidelines and investing, they said, roughly $750,000 in precautionary measures by July.

In this file photo, Ross Ramirez, right, of Newburgh goes down a waterslide with her son Marcos Martinez, center, and nephew Domenick Ramirez, left, at SplashDown Beach Water Park in Fishkill.

“We couldn’t be more excited to reopen,” park owner Steve Turk said in a release. “It has been challenging, but we’re ready to bring summer fun back to the Hudson Valley.”

SplashDown Beach is sixth on TripAdvisor’s list of the best water parks in the country, with three of the five in front of it located in Florida.

The water park’s hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. from May 29 through May 31. From June 5 through June 20 the park is open Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. On June 24, the park opens for daily operation

 As hours differ depending on the day, it’s best to keep an eye on SplashDown Beach’s website.

SplashDown Beach in Fishkill is pictured in this file photo.

On Tuesday, in an interview with radio station Q92, Turk said the park will be asking patrons to wear masks as much as possible, unless on a waterslide; patrons must practice social distancing; and hand sanitizer stations will be placed around the park.

Season passes and tickets are also available on the SplashDown Beach website, splashdownbeach.com.

U.S. Top 10 Water Park

(Fishkill, NY) July 24, 2020-SplashDown Beach, America’s Biggest Little Water Park, is proud to announce that it has been named the #6 Best Water Park in the United States according to TripAdvisor.

This is the 2nd Travelers’ Choice award for SplashDown in the last 3 years.  “We focus on delivering the best experience for our guests here at SplashDown Beach, and it means a lot to be recognized among the best in the country” said Steve Turk, the park’s owner.  The Turk family purchased the underperforming water park in 2004, and has since invested nearly $25 million into the now ranked #1 water park in the state of New York.

Chief Operating Officer Andrew Chafatelli said, “Our team members deserve so much credit. While we have many great rides and attractions at SplashDown Beach, our team members are what makes this park so special. Every member of the team works hard to ensure we operate as one of the cleanest, safest, and friendliest family destinations in the world.”

Operating seasonally from Memorial Day to Labor Day, SplashDown Beach features attractions for all ages.  It is also home to “the best food in the water park business” according to Turk.  The park offers multiple delicious food options, including local favorite Cosimo’s pizza, as well as Nathan’s Famous, and more.

SplashDown Beach Honored At Dutchess Tourism Awards of Distinction

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – Dutchess Tourism, Inc. (DTI) celebrated National Travel Rally Day with the announcement of the winners of the 2019 Dutchess Tourism Awards of Distinction, Tuesday, May 7th in front of a sold-out crowd at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum.

Winners in each category (in bold) received beautiful, hand-crafted awards made by Hudson Beach Glass:
The Dutchess County Executive’s Award for Overall Distinction: Fishkill Farms

Finalists were: 40 Cannon Street, Omega Institute

Arts Award of Distinction: Clove Creek Dinner Theater

Finalists were: BeaconArts, MJN – Majed J. Nesheiwat Convention Center

Culinary Award of Distinction: Terrapin Restaurant

Finalists were: Sloop Brewing Co. @ the Factory, Taste New York Store at Todd Hill/Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County

Family Entertainment Award of Distinction: SplashDown Beach

Finalists were: Four Brothers Drive-In, Lilymoore Farm

History Award of Distinction: Bannerman Castle Trust

Finalists were: Beacon Historical Society, Historic Red Hook

Outdoors Award of Distinction: Malouf’s Mountain Campground

Finalists were: Dover Stone Church, Orvis Sandanona

Hospitality Award of Distinction: Scott Koster, Millbrook Vineyards & Winery

Finalists were: Janett Pabon, Hotel Tivoli & The Corner Restaurant, Djan Paunovic, Terrapin Restaurant

“Our awards of distinction recognize local businesses that go above and beyond, providing exceptional experiences to visitors, a hallmark of all that makes us Distinctly Dutchess,” said Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro. “I congratulate this year’s finalists and winners, including Fishkill Farms, the winner of the County Executive’s Award for Overall Distinction, and we thank all those recognized today for their dedication to telling the Dutchess County story. Each offers an incredible variety of high-quality programming and attractions – from every sector and corner of our county – and they showcase the myriad different experiences we have for travelers and residents alike here in Dutchess County.”

 

U.S. Top 10 Water Park

(Fishkill, NY) July 24, 2018-SplashDown Beach, America’s Biggest Little Water Park, is proud to announce that it has been named the #8 Best Water Park in the United States, and #22 Worldwide, according to TripAdvisor.

This recognition comes following the addition of a brand new attraction, The Megalodon, which made its debut this season.  “We focus on delivering the best experience for our guests here at SplashDown Beach, and it means a lot to be recognized among the best in the world” said Steve Turk, the park’s owner.  The Turk family purchased the underperforming water park in 2004, and has since invested nearly $25 million into the now ranked #1 water park in the state of New York.

Chief Operating Officer Andrew Chafatelli said, “Our team members deserve so much credit. While we have many great rides and attractions at SplashDown Beach, our team members are what makes this park so special. Every member of the team works hard to ensure we operate as one of the cleanest, safest, and friendliest family destinations in the world.”

Operating seasonally from Memorial Day to Labor Day, SplashDown Beach features attractions for all ages.  It is also home to “the best food in the water park business” according to Turk.  The park offers multiple delicious food options, including local favorite Cosimo’s pizza, as well as Nathan’s Famous, and more.

Platinum Award Winner

SplashDown Beach Receives Platinum International Aquatic Safety Award.

SplashDown Beach announced today that it has been awarded the prestigious “Platinum International Aquatic Safety Award”. Earning this award demonstrates that the aquatic facilities they operate consistently exceed industry standards in risk management and epitomize aquatic safety excellence. International Aquatic Safety Awards are conferred to deserving aquatic facilities by Jeff Ellis & Associates, Inc. – International Aquatic Safety and Risk Management Consultants. “It Is apparent that the entire staff embodies the idea of setting the standard in aquatic safety and swimmers who frequent this aquatic facility are afforded the highest degree of swimmer protection currently available for the aquatic industry,” said Richard A. Carroll, Jeff Ellis & Associates, Inc. Senior Vice President and COO. International Aquatic Safety Awards are presented annually to participants in E&A’s Comprehensive Aquatic Risk Management Program (CARMP) and are based on the results of multiple random Unannounced Aquatic Facility Operational Safety Audits throughout the year. These audits include undercover video surveillance of individual lifeguards while they protect their Zone of Protection® areas, in order to accurately evaluate their professional diligence. Additionally, individual and team basic life support and rescue skills are evaluated, along with simulated emergencies that measure the effectiveness of established Emergency Action Plans. The audit concludes with administrative, supervisory and facility evaluations. All E&A client facilities are top performers and represent the finest and safest aquatic facilities in the world. As such, it is of particular note when E&A facilities perform so well that they are granted an International Aquatic Safety Award. International Safety Awards are presented only to E&A’s most elite clients. Presented in three levels – Silver, Gold, and Platinum – only the top 10% of E&A clients in the world receive a Platinum International Aquatic Safety Award each year.

-Ellis & Associates, Inc

Family Road Traveled

Safe to say, you’ll love this place! They call themselves America’s Biggest Little Water Park. After experiencing it, feels like the perfect sized water park for families. I’ve visited dozens of water parks, one of the perks of this blog, and I’m awarding this one the cleanest of all. It’s spotless with perfectly designed colorful rides. No chipped paint or repairs needed here, it’s like a five star water resort without towel service.

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