Discovery Island Water Park in Simpsonville proved so popular that after five years the county opened two additional parks in the summer of 2010.
The new ones are Otter Creek at Northside Park in Travelers Rest and 7th Inning Splash at Lakeside Park in Piedmont.
Discovery Island, which first opened in 2005, is at Southside Park in Simpsonville. The family-friendly park is a prime summer destination for Upstate families.
Located on Baldwin Road between Mauldin and Simpsonville, the park features water slides, a lazy river, children's play structures, coconut huts, party rentals and more.
The park opened in May 2005 at a cost of $2.3 million.
All three parks feature a variety of slides and pools, according to the Greenville County Recreation District.
Admission rates at the parks vary according to the swimmer's height with full price running $7 at 7th Inning Splash and $10 at Otter Creek and Discovery Island. Those who want to enter the parks but not go in the water pay $3 at each.
Otter Creek features body, speed, tube and children’s slides. There is a 2,400-square-foot splash pad and a leisure pool.
7th Inning Splash has a traditional pool and a 5,000-square-foot splash pad resembling Fenway Park. The main attraction is a slide that swishes swimmers around in a large bowl before dropping them into a pool.
Discovery Island has tube and body slides, a lazy river, a leisure pool and the new FlowRider surfing simulator.
The parks collectively provide about 250 seasonal jobs. They represent $6.5 million in capital investments, funded by a hospitality tax that adds two percent to restaurant tabs in the county’s unincorporated areas.
The water parks are open only on weekends until early June when they go to a seven-day-a-week schedule through mid August. From then until early September, the parks go back to opening weekends only.