"There are about a thousand waterparks in the United States alone, and this event features a trade show with all the latest and greatest attractions - the new rides and things they are coming up with are just crazy. It's like I'm in heaven for a week."
Local leaders know that after several years of operation, it is nearing time for some new attractions for the indoor and outdoor water parks at municipally-owned King's Pointe.
"It's good to be able to keep up on the trends among the best parks acorss the country and even in other parts of the world. We're always looking for the next greatest thing - then we will have to look at the realities such as when would be the best time to do it, and how much can we afford?" Edwards said. "It's getting to the point where an update is needed and we are looking at doing some stuff, in addition of course to maintaining what we have at a high level so it continues to look new."
The first new development likely to be seen in the near future is some type of hot-tub attraction for the indoor waterpark, an improvement guests have been calling for.
A major new weekly event is also in the works. It's top secret for now, but will probably be announced around November, when season tickets for 2013 are going on sale. There will also be some new additions in the waterpark food and beverage department for next summer.
In the meantime, Edwards said he brought back lots of good information from the conference - which offers the latest in strategy for public service, lifesaving and lifeguard training, marketing and promotion, chemical handling, expansion planning and more.