MERIDEN — The Meriden Lions Club Water Park in City Park is offering extended hours to residents hoping to find refuge from the late-summer heat.
“I opened up for the heat wave,” said water park superintendent Eva Kim Marquez on Monday.
With temperatures in the 90s last week, Marquez said she asked Parks & Recreation Director Chris Bourdon if she could open up the park after the usual closing date of August 26.
Marquez said she’ll try to keep the park open for limited hours each day after school as long as the heat continues. Today the park is scheduled to be open 4 to 6 p.m.
Michaela Bell, 23, enjoyed the water park on Monday with her 4-year-old nephew Lien Figueroa, who was happy to get more time in the water.
“We’re here all the time,” Bell said. “He gets so excited, he just loves being in water.”
Bell said they’ve been going to the water park every weekend throughout the summer.
The park opened in June after school ended for summer break. Marquez said attendence at the park was busier than usual this summer, with an average of 60 kids each day. Her busiest day saw about 140 kids.
To check on water park extended hours, visit the Meriden Parks & Recreation Department Facebook page.