Aquaport in Maryland Heights closes after pipe bursts

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MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. – July is the busiest month of the summer for the Aquaport in Maryland Heights. But the water park is closed because of a broken pipe.

City officials hope the Aquaport pool complex will reopen by the end of the week.

The water park closed Sunday after a pipe burst. Staff said the kiddie pool was draining and that water then flooded five motors that run pool filters for all the water attractions at the Aquaport.

A city spokeswoman said the motors will need to be taken apart and allowed to dry out before being reassembled or possibly replaced.

A contractor has been hired to make repairs.

Guests who were enjoying the water park when the park was forced to close were given refunds or rain checks.

The water park averaged about 700 visitors per day for the first 13 days of the month. Attendance drops off in August as most students return to school.

City officials said major renovations already were planned before this problem developed. The new architectural and construction plans are scheduled to get underway at the end of the summer and be completed in time for its reopening in May 2020.

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