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Pittsburghers Get Carried Away On New Soak Zone Lazy River

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CRAWLEY Dave Crawley
Dave Crawley joined KDKA in April of 1988 where he reports on the...
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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Many people are finding ways to beat the heat lately – and many locals have taken to Idlewild Park.

The park has many water attractions for keeping cool, including a new one.

The ever-growing Soak Zone is Idlewild’s answer to Pittsburgh’s Sandcastle.

Spokesman Jeff Croushmore says there’s more than one way to get soaked.

“We have over a dozen water slides, we have the Wowabunga family wave pool, we have Little Squirts kiddie pool and the Captain kidd’s aqua play structure,” he said. “Not to mention the over 300 gallon tipping bucket.”

This year there is a new attraction: a 185,000 gallon lazy river called Float Away Bay.

“It’s over 600 feet long, which is more than two football fields,” Croushmore said. “It’s geared toward the whole family. Little kids can enjoy it. It’s only 2 feet 4 inches deep. Parents can enjoy it because it’s really refreshing, and grandparents as well.”

It seems to be catching on.

“This is my favorite thing to do,” one woman said. “I spent my whole vacation last year floating away.”

It could be the answer to the old question “how I spent my summer vacation.”

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