Raging Waves Waterpark, 4000 North Bridge Street, Yorkville
Raging Waves Waterpark, 4000 North Bridge Street, Yorkville

Raging Waves water park in Yorkville will open to the public for the first time this year on Saturday, July 11.

The water park at 4000 Bridge Street has been closed due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. However, the water park's pending opening was announced on its website Sunday at https://www.ragingwaves.com/2020updates

A passholder day is scheduled for Friday, July 10.

"In accordance with the Illinois Department of Public Health, CDC (Centers for Disease Control), Kendall County Health Department, and the State of Illinois, Raging Waves is excited to announce its opening date for the 2020 season! We have been working very hard to get the park ready to ensure a safe, fun experience for our guests and team members," the post on the website reads.

According to the website, health screenings will be required of all patrons. Capacity in the park will be limited and all guests, including pass holders, will be required to obtain an advance reservation.

Concerning masks or face coverings, the website lists the following policy: "All guests should wear face coverings when not engaged in swimming activities. All guests ages 2 and over must wear face coverings when entering the park."

Limited attractions will be available based on state guidelines.

Raging Waves owners had previously expressed hope they would be able to reopen the park after the state entered Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois COVID-19 reopening plan on June 26.

A statement posted to the water park's website Thursday, June 18, confirmed that the park staff was working with the state and Illinois Department of Public Health with hope of reopening during Phase 4.

"We are more ready than ever to bring summer fun to you and are committed to providing you a clean, safe and friendly environment," the statement, signed by founder and CEO Randy Witt read. "Rest assured, we will be following all guidelines outlined by the CDC and state of Illinois. As always, your safety is our number one concern!

"Raging Waves has always been known as one of the cleanest water parks in the world, and it should come as no surprise that we will continue to uphold the same cleanliness standards you've come to expect. We look forward to providing you and our team members a safe, clean experience this summer."

City of Yorkville officials have actively supported efforts to reopen the park for the summer.

During a meeting May 19, the City Council approved a letter that was sent to Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker, asking him to consider increasing the number of regions in his Restore Illinois reopening plan and place the city and Kendall County in a smaller, more agricultural region.

Purcell also mentioned in the letter that the city had sent the state a reopening process memo for Raging Waves. The letter stated the water park is the largest of its kind in the state, is one of the city's largest employers and is family-owned and operated.

"Raging Wages and our other, more traditional, small businesses are ready to implement extensive safety guidelines, cleaning procedures and social distancing measures in their businesses in the same way large businesses have been allowed to safely operate for the past few weeks, "Purcell said.Since the letter was sent to Pritzker, the city and the northeast Illinois region have advanced in the Restore Illinois Plan and many local businesses that were previously deemed nonessential have reopened. However, both the Oswegoland Park District and the Fox Valley Park District have announced that their aquatics facilities will remain closed for the season due to the pandemic.