Get that bathing suit and sunscreen ready, because Wave Country, Metro parks and recreation department’s wave-action pool in Donelson, made a big season-opening splash Memorial Day weekend to try and help folks beat the summer heat.
Wave Country will be open through Labor Day, Sept. 6, a full season compared to last year when operations were cut short to half the summer due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.
“It feels great to be open again,” said Metro’s assistant director of revenue producing facilities John Holmes. “It feels like life is getting back to some kind of normalcy.”
“The deck is good; the water’s awesome, and there are lots of different options for the kids. [There are] a lot of activities they can do. We’re very excited.
Holmes is a former Metro superintendent who has overseen the wave pool for 20 years.
On a humid morning last week, a few days before the official season opener May 29, Wave Country general manager Matt Oberbreckling, his crew, lifeguards and Metro employees were scattered around the water park’s property painting, cleaning and getting the space ready for visitors.
Holmes said Wave Country is fully staffed with lifeguards and clerks. While some businesses may have trouble finding workers, Holmes said that’s not the case at the pool. He gives all credit to Oberbreckling, a 12-year water park employee, with hiring a full and qualified staff for the season.
Wave Country includes one of the area’s only wave-action swimming pools. Visitors can ride the waves or just let them lap at their feet in the walk-in pool. The wave pool also has calm, non-wave periods.
Two water flumes, two-speed slides and one kiddie slide can be found throughout the park to keep visitors entertained. There’s even a kiddie pool with water-dropping features, a children’s playground and a sand volleyball court.
Wave Country offers several fast-food concessions counters, but visitors are allowed to bring their own coolers filled with food and drinks into the park. Glass containers and alcohol, however, are not permitted. Expect bags and coolers to be checked upon entry.
“For a family that doesn’t want to spend any more than the admission price, they can bring their own food and soft drinks, come in here and have a great day,” said Holmes.
The park suggests guests bring their own chairs and pop-up tents. The popular super umbrella areas are available on a first-come, first-served basis. A reservation-required party area is available to hold a family reunion or birthday party, Holmes said.
Visitors can expect a safe environment adhering to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines related to COVID-19. In-and-out privileges to the water park are allowed as long as there are no capacity restrictions, said Holmes.
“We’re outside; there’s lots of sun. All the elements are right for us to be a safe location as long as people use common sense and follow the guidelines that the CDC sets out. Huge deck, lots of space, this setting is ideal for large crowds because there is enough room for them to spread out,” said Holmes.
Wave Country is open seven days a week through Aug. 6. Operating hours are Mondays through Thursdays from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.
The water park will be open only on weekends from Aug. 7 until Sept. 6. Wave Country will be open Independence Day and Labor Day from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Admission to Wave Country is free for children 2 and younger. The cost for children 3-12 is $10, and visitor 13 and older cost $12. The park said children 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult, and proper swimming attire is required at all times.
Seasonal memberships are available to buy and range from $40-$50, including special discount pricing for seniors. A Wave Country membership includes perks such as early entry and exclusive use of flume slides, the wave pool and kiddie pool at certain times.
Admission to the park includes the use of floats. Swimmers must be 48 inches tall to ride the flume and speed slides.
Wave Country is at 2320 Two Rivers Pkwy. in Donelson, adjacent to Briley Parkway and Two Rivers Park. For more details, call 615-862-8480 or visit nashville.gov/Parks-and-Recreation/Water-Activities/Wave-Country.aspx .
“Some of the places are meant for tourists. Wave Country is for the people of Davidson County and surrounding areas to come out and have a nice, fun day at a water park,” said Holmes. “People are ready to go back to normal. Anytime we open, anything that involves the outdoors, it’s full bore. Everybody’s coming. We expect a really good summer.”