8411 E. Lincoln Highway • Crown Point, Indiana 46307

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"The Natural Place For Fun"


            Date:               August 25, 2010

    Contact:         Lake County Parks at 219-769-PARK;



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:    Deep River Waterpark is named third in the top five public waterparks nationwide


The "It List" published by Aquatics International has listed Deep River Waterpark as number three in the top five public waterparks nationwide.   The results of the 2010-2011 It List were determined by a team led by Dan Martin of Orca Consulting, LLC based in Clermont Fl. and Market & Feasibility Advisors in Chicago.

Waterpark resorts and resort hotels are ranked by the estimated average daily room rate, while waterparks are ranked by 2009 attendance.  Categories include waterpark resorts, U.S. waterparks, international waterparks, public waterparks, and waterpark resorts. 


"Naturally we are pleased that the hard work and investment the park department has put into Deep River Waterpark has resulted in this recognition.  It is nice to know that the Waterpark is acknowledged not just locally, but nationally.  It is wonderful for Lake County Parks and everybody in Northwest Indiana," said Jim Basala, superintendent of business development for the park department. Deep River Waterpark was opened in 1995 and has had expansions over the years to meet public demand.  "Our goal is to continue to be one of the top family Waterparks in the country.  We didn't want to be one of NWI's best kept secrets and I guess we aren't," Basala added.


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