Liberty Lagoon, EBR water park, opens for season

BREC’s Liberty Lagoon water park has opened for the season.

The park will be open weekends through May 18 and expand to seven days a week May 21.

Brett Weinberger, the aquatics manager for the East Baton Rouge Parish Recreation and Park Commission, said he’s expecting a large turnout as the season gets underway, so visitors should be prepared to arrive early.

“Usually people start showing up 45 minutes to an hour before we open,” he said.

The $6.5 million parish-run water park features three large slides, a lazy river, a vortex pool and water play areas for kids. It was built as part of BREC’s Imagine Your Parks program that led to the creation of several other park offerings and improvements.

Liberty Lagoon, located on Lobdell Avenue next to Independence Park, opened in 2011 and has had about 225,000 visitors over the past three seasons.

Last year, an estimated 83,000 people visited the park.

“We did very well,” Weinberger said.“Being that it’s an outdoor venue, our schedule always operates around the weather. You can’t control that.”

This year, the parks system has established a text message system to alert people of closures and special programs. You can sign up by going to the BREC website at BREC.org and scroll down to eNewsletter sign up.

Weinberger said interest in private parties has been strong. About 100 parties and other events already have been booked for the season.

“We’re real excited about that,” he said. “It’s fun to see the kids come in and have a good time.”

Liberty Lagoon’s admission rates remain the same as last year: $8 for individuals under 48 inches tall and $10 for individuals 48 inches and taller. Children 2 and younger get in free. Customers also can rent lockers for $2 and tubes for the lazy river for $1.

Liberty Lagoon also offers several programs, including swim and kayak lessons and aqua fitness classes. For more information, log on to libertylagoon.com or call (225) 923-3202.

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