Bunker Beach has record day

Anoka County’s Bunker Beach, the state’s largest outdoor water park, had a record day June 9.

Anoka County’s Bunker Beach Water Park in Bunker Hills Regional Park had a record day June 9. Photo: Anoka County Parks and Recreation Department

Anoka County’s Bunker Beach Water Park in Bunker Hills Regional Park had a record day June 9. Photo: Anoka County Parks and Recreation Department

According to John VonDeLinde, county parks and recreation director, Bunker Beach had $47,347 in gross receipts that Saturday.

That translates into $5,000 per hour or $100 per minute, VonDeLinde told the Anoka County Board.

Net revenue for the day, when state sales tax was taken out, was $44,198.55, he said.

The total exceeded the previous record take for one day at Bunker Beach by $10,000, VonDeLinde said.

There were 2,302 guests at Bunker Beach June 9, he said.

The hot, dry weather that day made Bunker Beach an ideal location for families, VonDeLinde said.

The water park opened for the 2012 season June 2 and will remain open through Labor Day.

Bunker Beach, located on 8.5 acres in Bunker Hills Regional Park, features six towering waterslides, a 900-foot lazy river, leisure pool with climbing wall, a zero-entry pool with a water play structure, a creative sand play area as well as Minnesota’s largest outdoor wave pool.

It is open daily 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Regular admission is guests over 48 inches $14 per day; guests under 48 inches or senior citizen (age 62 and over) $11 per day; and under one year of age  is free.

Twilight admission after 4 p.m. is guests over 48 inches, $10 per day; and guests under 48 inches or senior citizens (age 62 and over), $8 per day.

There is also a charge to enter Bunker Hills Regional Park – a daily-use vehicle permit for $5 or an annual permit for $25 (good for 12 months from the date of purchase and is a windshield sticker).

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com


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