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Tippecanoe County 2014 swim season, part 1

Scenes from Vinton Pool, Tropicanoe Cove and Castaway Bay.
Scenes from Vinton Pool, Tropicanoe Cove and Castaway Bay.
Rosemary Halsema

With the snow days made up, all the schools are finally closed. As soon as the weather clears, folks will be heading out to enjoy local water parks.

Lafayette: Closed during storms, no refunds. Season passes are available for each facility. Facilities can be rented for private parties.

Vinton Pool is next to Vinton School in the North End (link). This is the last remaining traditional pool in Lafayette. Built in the 1960’s, Vinton and its twin pool, Edgelea, were supposed to ease the over-use of the pool at Columbian Park. These pools also made access to pools easier for North end and South end residents. Today Vinton has been revamped and features a zero-entry in the kid’s area and handicap entrance by hoist. The deep end has slides. 1 session per day, noon to 6 p.m., 3$ per person (2 and under free). Thursday the pool remains open until 8 p.m. and after 4 p.m. the pool is ½ price.

Castaway Bay replaced the defunct Edgelea pool (link). Located on Beck Ln. near 9th St., there is plenty of parking and is part of Armstrong Park. This small water park features zero entry, fountains and water basketball. Daily session noon to 6 p.m., Adults: $4, kids 3-17: $3.50. Tuesday the water park is open to 8 p.m., after 4 p.m. entry fee drops to $2 per person.

Tropicanoe Cove is a water park located in Columbian Park (link). It features a kiddie’s area, lazy river, and large slide among other amenities. Sunday hours: noon to 6 p.m., Weekdays: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Weekdays: under 48” $4.50, over 48” $5.50, just watching $2.00 (2 and under free). Sat. /Sun. and holidays: under 48” $6.00, over 48” $7.00. Just watching $2.00 (2 and under free).

West Lafayette and Tippecanoe County in part 2

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