Concord, California – People found a place to beat the heat on Wednesday as temperatures soared into the 100s.
As the state fully reopened, thousands of them went to Concord’s Six Flags Hurricane Harbor to cool off
After being largely shut down for more than a year, water parks are making a comeback in a big way.
“Because of this pandemic now it feels like the first time coming here,” said San Pablo resident Isabel Gonzalez.
“Things are so much funner (sic) because we don’t have to have on these masks,” said second grader Arden Belong.
Temperatures will reach closer to 110 in Concord this week, marking the Bay Area’s first dangerous heat wave of the season.
Before Tuesday’s reopening, capacity was limited to less than 25%. Now that those restrictions have been lifted, thousands can now enter the water park this summer.
“It’s about time, and most everyone is vaccinated at this point. I feel really safe,” said Martinez resident Melinda Castrillon.
Marc Merino, spokesperson for Hurricane Harbor, told KPIX 5, “It feels a little bit more normal than it has in a very long time.”
Like so many businesses looking to hire, Hurricane Harbor is looking to fill plenty of job openings for nearly every position this summer, including lifeguards. At $16.25 an hour, it could be the coolest job on a very hot summer day.