ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) - This is a very busy week (for) us," Teresa Ervin said.
Director of Ardmore's Parks and Recreation Department, Teresa Ervin, says they are preparing to welcome hundreds of visitors this holiday weekend for the annual opening of the community water park Saturday.
City workers are busy cleaning and water park employees are training the newly hired lifeguards, with a total of 11 on staff and 7 on duty during the day.
"It's much like other areas that you're helping people saving lives," Ervin said. "You train and train and you prepare but you pray that you never have to use it."
Ervin says this week the newly hired lifeguards are becoming certified, working on life saving skills in and outside the pool.
With two seasonal employees certified to train lifeguards, Ervin says people from surrounding towns can now easily train in Ardmore instead of traveling to Oklahoma City or Dallas.
"I'm looking forward to seeing all the kids come through and learning new things about how everything's ran and seeing people come in and swim and enjoy themselves," Assistant Manager Jaiana Holmes said.
And this is just the beginning for the Parks and Rec staff, who are also preparing to host a softball showcase this weekend along with the kickoff party at the water park Saturday.
"We want everyone to coming to Ardmore to have a great experience and that starts with the very first impression," Ervin said.
The theme of Saturday's kickoff party is Wave Vegas!
Kids 2 years old and younger get in free.
Children 3 years old to 11 cost $4 a person.
12 years old and over cost $5 a person.
For more information, visit the department's Facebook page at the link below.