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Tie Breaker Family Aquatic Center Opens June 18th

One of the community’s most vibrant family-friendly attractions will reopen in 2021, just a little later into the summer than usual.

Officials announced Monday that Tie Breaker Family Aquatic Center, which will celebrate its 15th season this year, will delay opening of the facility until Friday, June 18. Closed last summer due to the pandemic, the water park traditionally opens the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend.

“We are excited to be opening Tie Breaker at all this summer after a year of closure due to COVID. The downside is the final work on the lazy river is taking longer than anticipated, with delays on materials and contracts,” said Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation Superintendent Tab Brockman. “The good news is the delayed opening gives us three more weeks to get on the other side of COVID restrictions and a better chance to open with limited restrictions.”

During its typical three-month window of operation, Tie Breaker annually draws approximately 50,000 people to the park. On average, 70% of those visitors are from outside the county lines, according to zip code data collected at the admission gate.

Two changes visitors can expect and look forward to include a new concessionaire and new lazy area features. The Snack Attack concessions area will now be run by Brenda West, who will be offering traditional items and some of her tasty favorites many will recognize from her Ruff Park concessions stand. The Ripple River will also have a nice look at Tie Breaker, including a faster water pace in the lazy river’s current, as well as some overhead water spray features that will add a misty sensation to passers-by.

Featuring the always-popular Hurricane Alley and Riptide Express water slides and kid-friendly Splash Zone, Tie Breaker Family Aquatic Center has become one of the region’s top summer destinations for families, and is the perfect way to beat the heat during the summer months. With so many guests and families visiting from various locations, however, local officials want to ensure that health and safety remains a top priority during each process and protocol at the water park.
“Our goal is to open on June 18 with no capacity restrictions from Frankfort, which are currently at 60% for pools and water parks around the Commonwealth of Kentucky,” Brockman shared. “If restrictions are still in place at that time, we may have to implement split sessions — early and late — each day, but we will not make that determination until around June 1.”

Tie Breaker also plans to bring back some of its popular park events, including H2-Oh! Teen Nights and the 4th Annual Doggie Dip — an end-of-season, dogs-only event that is held after the final weekend for humans and before the water is drained and park cleaned prior to the offseason. An adults-only Date Night is also planned for summer 2021.

Guests can get dates, rates and/or register for post-hour parties at the park’s revamped website: Tie Breaker Family Aquatic Center charges $9 for guests 48 inches tall and over, $7 for anyone under 48 inches, and is free for visitors 24 months old or younger. Other special rates, including “Funday Monday” and half-price after 4 p.m. discounts, are available for viewing online.

The park will be open daily until local schools start in August, dialing back to a Saturday-Sunday only schedule through Labor Day and closing Monday, Sept. 6. For more information about season tickets or 2021 party reservations at Tie Breaker Family Aquatic Center, call the Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation at 270-887-4290.