SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — As the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact communities, businesses are being faced with difficult decisions.
Beach Park at Isla Blanca announced Thursday it will close immediately for the remainder of the 2020 season.
“The health and well-being of our guests and team members is our highest priority,” Beach Park at Isla Blanca chief executive officer Jimmy Hawkinson stated in the announcement. “Beach Park at Isla Blanca is not immune to the challenges and obstacles faced during these uncertain times and we have been forced to make a very difficult and painful decision.”
Those that have unused day tickets for the park this season are advised to email firstname.lastname@example.org with proof of purchase for a refund.
Season pass holders will be contacted by Beach Park personnel within the next week regarding their 2020 season passes.
According to the announcement, the closure is a direct result of the economic realities and turmoil throughout the tourism industry caused by the current health crisis.
“As we are all aware, these are extraordinary and unprecedented times as the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted many organizations and businesses around the world,” Hawkinson stated. “South Padre Island especially has faced temporary closures, reduced capacities and limited travel.”
The waterpark kicked off its inaugural season on May 29 with health and safety measures, such as having temperature checks for employees and having an expanded sanitizing department.
“We understand, respect and empathize with those who wished to remain sheltered or avoid the waterpark this season despite the lengthy steps we took, above and beyond health recommendations, to make our guests comfortable visiting,” Hawkinson stated. “For those who chose to visit this year, or were planning to visit, we thank you for your belief and trust in our park’s team and the measures we took to ensure your enjoyment and safety. It is much appreciated.”
Hawkinson stated that once a sense of normalcy returns, Beach Park at Isla Blanca will return next season.