Category fun: Six Flags reveals Hurricane Harbor water park
by Sarah Westwood
May 30, 2014 12:34 AM | 2512 views | 3 3 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
 Visitors flock into the cool water of the 38,000 square foot wave pool Thursday at the new Hurricane Harbor at Six Flags over Georgia Park in Austell.<br>Staff/Kelly J. Huff
Visitors flock into the cool water of the 38,000 square foot wave pool Thursday at the new Hurricane Harbor at Six Flags over Georgia Park in Austell.
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Six Flags over Georgia Park President Dale Kaetzel takes to the podium to officially open the parks newest water attraction Hurricane Harbor, which features a 38,000 square foot wave pool behind him.<br>Staff/Kelly J. Huff
Six Flags over Georgia Park President Dale Kaetzel takes to the podium to officially open the parks newest water attraction Hurricane Harbor, which features a 38,000 square foot wave pool behind him.
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Visitors to the new Hurricane Harbor at Six Flags over Georgia take a spin on the new world's first hybrid zero-gravity water slide  Thursday at the grand opening of the new water feature  in Austell.  <br>Staff/Kelly J. Huff
Visitors to the new Hurricane Harbor at Six Flags over Georgia take a spin on the new world's first hybrid zero-gravity water slide Thursday at the grand opening of the new water feature in Austell.
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AUSTELL — Six Flags Over Georgia unveiled its newest, wettest attraction in a poolside ceremony Thursday morning.

Hurricane Harbor, a seven-acre water park built to look like a beach town, had been under construction for more than eight months before opening its doors to the public today.

Tucked in the back of Six Flags’ sprawling grounds, Hurricane Harbor’s collection of new attractions wraps around an 800,000 gallon wave pool called Calypso Bay.

Other features include a multi-slide complex called the Bonzai Pipelines and Tsunami Surge, the “world’s first hybrid zero-gravity slide.”

Riders of Tsunami Surge will drop 54 feet into a whirlpool bowl, where they will face a 45-foot-high wave wall.

Dale Kaetzel, president of Six Flags Over Georgia, cited delays in the completion of Tsunami Surge as a reason why the water park did not debut on Memorial Day weekend as previously scheduled.

“We wanted to hold off and do it the right way,” Kaetzel said, adding some guests were still given a sneak preview of Hurricane Harbor on Saturday.

The entire water park is now open for business.

While the rest of Six Flags will remain in operation until the beginning of January, Kaetzel said Hurricane Harbor will close its doors on Labor Day Weekend.

Park officials feted the attraction’s opening with live music, balloons and bowls of live goldfish set out on tables.

“We feel (Hurricane Harbor) is the best complement to our 11 world-class coasters, this beautiful park and making this an all-day experience,” Kaetzel said to the audience of invited guests, most of whom spent the morning testing the attraction’s waters.

Hurricane Harbor is expected to add 200 to 300 seasonal jobs, according to park officials. Six Flags had an estimated economic impact of $175 million during the 2012 season, according to Cobb Travel and Tourism.

“There is no better place to do business than the state of Georgia and Cobb County,” Kaetzel said during the ceremony.

Cobb Commissioner Lisa Cupid, whose district includes Six Flags, was among the ceremony’s attendees. She said she enjoyed the new water park and planned to bring her children back later in the season.

“It’s gone great,” Kaetzel said of the construction process, which began last September. “There is nothing more beautiful than the sight of people having a great time, and it’s something that we all hoped and dreamed for, and it came true. So we’re very excited.”

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May 30, 2014
How much did the Cobb Taxpayer contribute to the Building of Six Flags?

Certainly, no one would want to build a recreational facility in Cobb without the County chipping in half.
People Still Go?
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May 30, 2014
Do people still go to Six Flags? I quit going when it became apparent that a Season Pass and a MARTA Breeze Card where how certian parents make arrangements for their kids to be cared for over the summer.

I'm sorry but spending the day with a bunch of wild and unsupervised kids is not my idea of fun. I'd rather take my kids to a place where I don't have to worry about inappropriate language and behavior even if it is a day's drive away.
MAY-RETTA SURVIVOR
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May 30, 2014
I completely agree! Long ago, Six Flags ceased being a clean, safe, family friendly destination.

Today, Six Flags has become overrun by foul-mouthed young thugs who seem bent on making lives of other park goers miserable.

I won't even waste my time discussing the the filthy restrooms (their other "water park"?), unedible food, surly employees and the pervasive unsafe atmosphere generated by the roaming packs of young, foul mouthed hoodlums that the park's so-called "security" seems unable to address...even if they wanted too!

Six Flags? No thanks!
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