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Hundreds splash into Kinston Lions Adventure Water Park on opening day

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KINSTON, N.C. -

Good weather and an extended weekend had many people hitting the water.

This year hundreds of families in eastern North Carolina didn't have to travel far, with the opening of Kinston's lion's adventure water park.

On Saturday afternoon, kids and their families enjoyed the sun and the water at the opening day of the water park.

People splashed on the water slides, water playgrounds, and lazy river.

Eight-year--old Jasmine Moore hit the water park right as it opened and already found her favorite spot.

"My favorite part is like the small water park; because, water keeps falling down everywhere," said Moore.

Lenoir County Parks and Recreation Director, Bill Ellis, said the new water park is a nice alternative for families in the East.

" There [are} a lot of people in our areas that maybe can't afford to go to the beach, or travel long distances; and , this a really affordable family adventure that you can come out and enjoy and stay close to home," said Ellis.

To help celebrate the park's public opening, two mascot's Splash and Swimba greeted kids and their parents.

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A day in the park just got a whole lot better for kids in Kinston and all across the east.

The Lions Adventure Water Park Ribbon Cutting ceremony was put on Thursday morning at the Woodman of the World Community Center in Kinston.

The $13.5 million project took just a little more than two years to complete and officials say it was well worth the wait.

The attraction is being called the best water park east of Raleigh and an investment in the future of eastern North Carolina with multiple high-rise slides, pools and lazy river.

"There will be more and more that will come to it as the years go by, more and more people that will come so we're really looking forward to a significant, positive economic impact," said Bill Connolly, the Lenoir County Parks and Recreation Commission Chair.

You can get in on all the fun starting Memorial Day Saturday. It's about $9.95 per person for an all day pass or a group of six can go for $54.  It's free for Woodman of the World Community Center members.

You can learn more at this link.

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