Friday, October 7, 2022

Ocean Breeze Waterpark Purchased by Former Six Flags Executives – Multi-Million Dollar Expansion Planned for Summer 2011

VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia, USA /PRNewswire/ — Ocean Breeze Waterpark has been acquired by former Six Flags executives Kieran Burke and Gary Story.  Terms of the acquisition have not been disclosed.
“We are absolutely thrilled by the opportunity to be part of Virginia Beach‘s dynamic family entertainment community,” said Kieran Burke.  “Ocean Breeze is an iconic part of Hampton Roads and we intend to invest our resources and energy in making the popular water park even more exciting.”
The new owners are planning a multi-year redevelopment program for Ocean Breeze Waterpark.  Plans for the 2011 season include a multi-million dollar expansion that will dramatically improve the quality and variety of attractions.  Details of the 2011 park improvements will be announced in early February.
“While exploring the opportunity to acquire Ocean Breeze Waterpark, we were impressed by the park and the region’s potential for growth,” said Burke.  “By investing in this well-positioned water park, we can provide economic benefit for the community while delivering world-class water park entertainment for residents and visitors alike.”
Burke and Story, who respectively served as Six Flags’ Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer for more than 10 years, have remained active in the attractions industry carefully selecting projects that can benefit from their experience and a focused investment of both time and resources.  In 2009, the pair acquired Nashville Shores, a waterpark, marina and RV resort in Nashville, Tennessee and dramatically transformed the waterpark for the 2010 season.
About Ocean Breeze Waterpark:
Opened in 1974, Ocean Breeze Waterpark is a full-scale water park offering 16 water slides, a million gallon wave pool, and Buccaneer Bay – a water activity area with 11 pint sized slides and a lazy river for children. Restaurants, on-site catering and private cabana rentals are also available.

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Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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