Ready for the summer: Local businesses adding new features for the season ahead

Ready for the summer: Local businesses adding new features for the season ahead
Wonderland Amusement Park (Source: KFDA)
Starlight Ranch (Source: KFDA)
Starlight Ranch (Source: KFDA)
Amarillo Parks and Recreation (Source: KFDA)
Amarillo Parks and Recreation (Source: KFDA)

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - With summer fast-approaching, seasonal businesses in the area are getting ready for the rush.

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Wonderland Amusement Park just opened for the season, and while they don't have any new rides this year, there are infrastructure changes.

"We want to put more sail shades up because as you know, trees don't grow too fast in Texas, especially this part, and after this past winter which was real mild, we're starting to see the results of drought," said Paul Borchardt, owner and general manager of Wonderland Park.

In addition to the shades, the park has also done repainting, added in new benches and bettered staff training.

For the upcoming season, Borchardt says the success will depend on the weather.

"Outdoor activities always depend so much on the weather," said Borchardt. "We've witnessed more than ever."

One of Amarillo's most-recent additions, Starlight Ranch, is gearing up for a new season with more activities like new zip line towers and mini golf.

"A Route 66 miniature golf course that you play through Route 66," said Bobby Lee, co-owner of The Big Texan and Starlight Ranch. "We've added a redneck driving range, which means instead of shooting a target that's 150 feet away, you're shooting at a mannequin and some additional targets out there."

One of the newest additions at Starlight Ranch is the Big Bone Dog Park, partnered with the Amarillo-Panhandle Humane Society.

"Amarillo needs to accommodate the travelers with the pets," said Lee. "We're able to form a partnership that we were able to offer a big private member dog park that people can use, tourists can use and we can enhance our tourism experience for travelers by offering something like this."

The Amarillo Parks and Recreation Department is getting ready for summer, as well, with pools opening soon.

"All the outdoor pools - that's Southwest, Southeast and Thompson," said Josh Dolezal, marketing coordinator for Parks and Recreation. "And we also have an indoor pool and a bunch of great stuff at the Warford Activity Center."

In addition to the pools and recreation, there will also be free summer lunches for kids.

"Free summer lunches at a bunch of different park sites that we do the recreation program so any kids that are coming out to that, they can get their free lunches and then all sorts of awesome events that we'll be doing throughout the season, as well," said Dolezal.

For more information the upcoming events for the Parks and Recreation Department, you can visit the Amarillo Parks website or call 806-378-9391.

With the new additions coming to Amarillo this summer, there's a little bit for everyone.

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