It wasn’t the record high-water mark, but attendance figures for Tie Breaker Family Aquatic Center’s summer season made a significant splash in 2018.
With an average of 611 per day, Tie Breaker drew 50,066 visitors between May 26 and Labor Day (September 3), giving the water park its third-largest number in the history of the 12th-year facility. Only 2010 and 2011 recorded more visitors to the local tourist attraction.
The water park generated an estimated economic impact of $1.99 million dollars for the local economy during the summer season. Nearly 70 percent of Tie Breaker’s guests came from out of the county, according to zip code data collected at the admission gate. The overall economic impact figure is derived by estimating the number of out of town guests and multiplying by the estimated daily spending, based on statewide Convention and Visitors Bureau averages. The actual calculation figure used for daily spending was figured conservatively, using only 25 percent of the state CVB’s projected average expenditure for day visitors.
“Tie Breaker Family Aquatic Center continues to be one of our community’s strongest attractions for guests,” said Parks and Recreation Superintendent Tab Brockman. “Water park visitors spend money in other establishments when they come to Hopkinsville, like restaurants, gas stations and retail shops. These visitors help our overall economy to the tune of nearly $2 million, which is significant.”
Tie Breaker continued to add to its traditional schedule in 2018, holding a trio of H2-Oh! Teen Nights, which provided teen-only, after-hour access to the park on four separate days. The water park also “went to the dogs” on Sept. 8, as nearly 150 canines and their owners invaded the facility for the 2nd Annual Doggie Dip — an end-of-season dogs-only event that was held before the park was drained and cleaned prior to the offseason.
Featuring Hurricane Alley and Riptide Express water slides, Ripple River (lazy river area), The Splash Zone and Snack Attack concessions area, Tie Breaker has become one of the region’s top summer destinations for families.
Opening day for the 2019 Tie Breaker Family Aquatic Center season is May 25. The park will be open daily until the week that local schools are back in sessions in August, dialing back to a Saturday-Sunday only schedule through Labor Day/closing day on September 2.
For more information about season tickets or 2019 party reservations at Tie Breaker Family Aquatic Center, call the Hopkinsville Division of Parks and Recreation at 270-887-4290.