“Surf’s Up” In Lebanon opens tomorrow when the city unveils the only city-owned wave pool in central Indiana


You’ll be able to start catching some waves in Lebanon, Aug. 16, with the opening of the city’s new Wave Pool. The multi-million dollar State of the art aquatic facility dedication will take place at 10 a.m. at the pool, in Memorial Park, with a ribbon cutting, give aways, a band, balloon launch, refreshments and of course lots of fun. The city will also reveal the official name of the new pool which was selected, by a committee, from a list of names sent in by residents to the Lebanon Reporter newspapers naming contest. The name winner will also receive a prize. “This is an historical event in the city’s history as we dedicate this one of a kind facility in the Metro area”, said Lebanon Mayor Harold “Huck” Lewis.

“Because of the unique and special features, of this water park, we expect it to draw people from a 40-to-50 mile radius,” Lewis said.

Besides the Wave Pool and Water Park there’s also something else visitors will like.

“We have also completed a brand new concession stand that will offer a lot of different food, snacks, soft drinks, and other items both kids and adults will enjoy,” Lebanon Parks director John Messenger said.

“Most importantly the cost of admission here is so inviting compared to what people might pay after driving to a water park that’s so far away,” Messenger said.

The Wave Pool produces waves up to three feet in height and has a beach entry area 100 feet wide and reaches a water depth of five feet. There are also new family restrooms, outdoor dining areas and additional pool deck area for those wanting a little time in the sun.

The water park features a beach entry shallow pool with toy features for younger kids. The two largest attractions are two three story water slides, one enclosed the other open. Those looking to relax will enjoy the “Lazy River” and swimmers wanting a real challenge will be able to try out the “Lilly Pad” feature where they try walking on floating cushioned pads while holding onto ropes overhead. Most importantly for some visitors you’ll be able to just enjoy a nice swim.

“This facility comes with real healthy recreational lifestyle benefits to those who will take advantage of it,” said Lebanon communications director Rick Hightower. “These are the kinds of things people want in their communities and thanks to a great partnership with the Lebanon RDC we’re grateful to be able to provide it.”

Lewis said the best thing the pool does for taxpayers is it pays for itself while also stimulating the local economy by providing jobs for life-guards and other workers. It’s also expected to create much needed revenue for the City.

For a list of prices to visit the pool, visit the city website at www.cityoflebanon.org.