Yorkville's Raging Waves water park to reopen with a splash July 11

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

The water park, at 4000 Bridge St., had been closed because of the pandemic. However, the water park's pending opening was announced on its website at https://www.ragingwaves.com/2020updates.

A pass-holder day is scheduled for Friday, July 10.

"… 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 said.

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 said: "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.

"We are more ready than ever to bring summer fun to you and are committed to providing you a clean, safe and friendly environment," read an earlier statement, signed by founder and CEO Randy Witt. "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," the statement read. We look forward to providing you and our team members a safe, clean experience this summer."

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