October 9, 2002
RAY'S SPLASH PLANET: PARK AND RECREATION
MAKES A SPLASH IN UPTOWN CHARLOTTE
Charlotte, NC - Beginning October 15, children from Mecklenburg County and the surrounding area will be able to splash, squirt, super-soak and slide in a brand new INDOOR water park, thanks to a joint venture between Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.
The grand opening ceremony for Ray's Splash Planet is scheduled for Tuesday, October 15, 2002, at 10 a.m. at 215 North Sycamore Street, adjoining Irwin Avenue Open Elementary School in Charlotte's Third Ward neighborhood.
As part of the ceremony, 50 children from the neighboring school will give the water park its first big test, with the assistance of "Ray," mascot for the Park and Recreation department and the water-park's namesake. Speakers will include Parks Helms, chairman of the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners, Dr. Vilma Leake, District Two representative of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education, Tim Newman, president of Charlotte Center City Partners, Chris Jackson, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Commission Chairman, and Laura McClettie, Central Park District Two representative.
Ray's Splash Planet includes one of the nation's few indoor water parks, as well as sophisticated weight and cardio-training facilities, aerobics room, multi-purpose room and a party room. Outside, the facility features two large activity fields and a new outdoor playground. Unlike other local water attractions, Ray's Splash Planet will boast year-round access to a variety of fun-filled aquatic features: