Update March 15, 2021
Greetings from the park!!!
We hope that this message finds you, and those closest to you, healthy, well, and remaining safe and diligent. When we last communicated at any length, almost one full year ago, it was with a very heavy heart that we were announcing Funtown Splashtown
USA would be closed for the summer of 2020. Since that day, so much has changed in the World, while so many things remain the same. It has certainly been a long, strange, year for us all. Things once seemingly unimaginable, such as mask wearing in public, and the constant washing and disinfecting of your hands, are now commonplace. The term “social distancing” was not even in our vocabulary, let alone being practiced as the norm. ZOOM was nothing more than a comic book verb, and is now the most used form of communication across the internet. And of course, nothing has been more impacted in our daily lives than where we work and learn. At home schooling, and office spaces created in our dwellings, have changed everything. We miss our friends, classmates, and co-workers, and long for social interactions and some sense of “normalcy” to return to our daily routines. It is with all of this in mind, that we are so excited to announce that Funtown Splashtown USA plans on opening for the summer of 2021 season!!!
Yes. We are planning on opening and can’t wait to see all of our loyal guests, friends, and Team Members!! Just like the World today, things will be a little different this summer at the park, but the safe, clean, family fun you have grown to know and love for almost 6 decades will be right here in sunny Saco, Maine!!
At this point in time, we have submitted our comprehensive reopening plan for the COVID environment, to The State for review and approval. New policies and procedures, all related to the virus, have been crafted with a sharp focus on the guidelines provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Along with the CDC, we are in constant contact with both the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, as well as the New England Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, leaders in our industry who have provided guidance on the health, safety, and satisfaction of attractions guests for decades. These three entities, as well as the many years of leadership and experience within our own company, have allowed us to craft a plan that focuses not only on the health and safety of our guests and Team Members, but also on continuing to provide an outstanding day of fun for family members of all ages, as we all “Create Memories That Will Last A Lifetime”.
As mentioned, and expected, things will be somewhat different when we open the gates for operations this summer. All of the protocols we are following in our current daily lives will be in play, with mask wearing being mandatory, social distancing marks on the tar and concrete in queue lines, and hand sanitizing stations located throughout the park. Then there will be those things that are exclusive to us and our environment. Empty seats on some rides may be required, to provide proper distancing. Less lounge chairs will be available in Splashtown, along with more space between picnic tables in both parks, with this same reasoning. Those days will be lesser than in the past, as we will be open fewer days in May and June, and have more limited hours throughout the summer, than traditionally scheduled. All of these things and more will be in play, so that you and your families and friends can feel confident and secure that Funtown Splashtown USA is doing everything we can to keep everyone that enters the park, safe and well. Of course, as time moves forward and State of Maine mandates and protocols are adjusted or eliminated, the park will follow suit. We will always look to both the National and Maine State Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for guidance, as well as interpretation and understanding of any guideline changes.
We can’t wait to see you, and for you to see us!! While there were only a handful of us working throughout the summer, we were able to accomplish a lot. New and updated paint and stain schemes run throughout the park. Fence repair, tree and limb removal, refreshed signage, building repair, shingle replacement, and so much more kept us very busy. Of course, we have NEVER had an entire summer to do only these types of projects, and we really hope it shows and that you love it as much as we all do.
Over the course of the next several weeks, things here at the park will begin to take shape for the upcoming 2021 season. Our fulltime maintenance crew will be returning from their furlough next week, and we can’t wait to see and hear the hustle and bustle of spring in the park begin. Operations and HR staff will also start the seasonal hiring process in earnest, and we hope that if you, or anyone you may know, are looking for a fun, upbeat summer job, in an outdoor open air environment, you will think about joining our team by applying with us. These springtime activities, and so much more, will really begin to give us all the feeling that normalcy will return sooner rather than later, and we can’t wait!!
In closing, we all understand that this is an extremely fluid situation. We will be updating our website, funtownsplashtownusa.com , over the next few days. Our calendar, with days of operations as well as our scheduled daily hours, will be in place. Again, these dates and hours reflect the situation as it stands today, and are subject to change as time moves forward and things become more clear. The website update will also include a quick link to our online application, for you or any great candidate that may wish to be a part of our team this summer. In the weeks that follow, look there, as well as to our social media accounts, for updates regarding everything else you’ll need to know when planning your day at the park. We so look forward to seeing you all, and wish everyone health and happiness until that time. Take care, be well, and we hope to see you soon!!!