Killens Pond Water Park opens for the summer this weekend with new management and a healthier menu.


The Water Park at Killens Pond State Park will open for the Memorial Day Holiday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 28. The Water Park will also be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 29, and Monday, May 30. Regular hours of operation begin Thursday, June 2.
 
The Water Park features a main pool and baby pool, each with a zero-depth entry, and a Tot Lot for younger children. Each pool has fountains, bubblers or other interactive water features. Visitors will especially enjoy the two 27-foot high water slides that twist and turn their way to a splash pool below. Upgrades to the slides and new landscaping will make a visit to the Water Park fresh and exciting for the 2011 summer season.
 
Also revamped for 2011 is the Water Park’s food service operation. New manager Steve Shane has 11 years’ experience in the restaurant industry as prep chef and supervisor, and has developed a menu full of tasty and healthful menu choices. This season, all hamburgers are made from fresh, lean ground beef. Many choices include chicken, shrimp, salad, fruits and vegetables.  Shrimp skewers and foods prepared on an outdoor grill will entice visitors to eat healthy while in the park. Fresh paint and colorful new furniture in the food area will make the visit to the Water Park more enjoyable for all ages.
 
Young adults and students from local schools will staff the food concession. The students will learn food preparation and how to provide quality service while educating the public about wholesome food options.  
 
The revamped menu is part of Delaware State Parks’ Munch Better campaign, aimed to help educate parents and children about the benefits of healthy eating as part of an overall healthy lifestyle. In addition to the Water Park food concession, camp stores and vending machines throughout the Delaware State Parks system are offering a greater number of healthy alternatives.
 
According to Mary Voshell, Delaware State Parks’ Chief of Business Services, “Delaware State Parks are offering more ‘go’ foods and fewer ‘whoa’ foods wherever food is sold in the parks.” Foods receive a designation of “Go,” “Slow” or “Whoa” depending upon the nutritional make-up of the food. “Go” foods are high in nutrients and can be eaten almost anytime. “Slow” foods have some added sugar, fat or salt that makes them higher in calories and less nutritious. “Slow” foods should only be eaten occasionally. “Whoa” foods are high in sugar, fat or salt, low in nutrients, and should be avoided whenever possible.
 
Killens Pond State Park is located at 5025 Killens Pond Road in Felton. For more information, call 284-4299 or visit www.destateparks.com.