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Jellystone Park opens splash pool, water slides

June 29, 2007

WILLIAMSPORT - With more than 300 guests, business and government officials and campers in attendance, Hagerstown's award-winning Jellystone Parks new splash pool and 400-foot long water slides were officially opened.

Owners Ronald and Vicki Vitkun, with their son Brett who cut the ribbon with huge gold scissors, were joined by other family members in attendance. They were joined by a long line of elected officials, other community leaders and friends, in cutting sections of the ribbon to the Jellystone's new Yogi Bear's Water Zone. The new water slides are called Ranger's Revenge and Picnic Plunge.

Guests included Washington County Commissioners' President John Barr, who spoke of the Vitkuns' commitment to creating the multimillion-dollar project, and working through the complex permitting processes all the way to final approval.

"This is an exciting contribution to our area, and Washington County should be proud of what Jellystone Park has become," Barr said.

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The commissioners presented an official proclamation, which praised the new waterpark, and the proclamation in part said: "the County Commissioners look forward to a successful new and improved Jellystone Park - which truly is now 'smarter than the average bear!'"

Linda Profizer, the CEO of the National Campground Association, spoke of how she was pleased to see the completion of the Jellystone expansion project. "This is a wonderful addition to the list of campgrounds that are members of our association. "

There are more than 70 Jellystone Park and Resorts across America. Vic Nolting, vice Chair of Leisure Systems Inc. and president of Coney Island, also spoke highly of the new water sports complex.

"I'm very excited about this new facility. I believe that campers from far away, many states will definitely flock to this new addition at this great Jellystone Park," said Nolting.

Del. Chris Shank, R-Washington, spoke of the Vitkuns' determination to see this family-oriented water sports complex through to its final opening for their campers, and for the community at large.

Representatives of the Hagerstown and Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau were in attendance, and assisted with the event's planning.

With hiking trails, an arcade, and mini-golf, Jellystone Park is open all year and reservations can be made by calling 1-800-421-7116, or 301-223-7117, or by e-mail at reservations@jellystonemaryland.com

Jellystone Park is at 16519 Lappans Road in Williamsport, about one mile east on Md. 68 off of exit 1 on Interstate 81. The campground is near the C&O Canal National Historical Park and Antietam National Battlefield.

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