NASHVILLE, Tenn. – On a hot summer day, there's no better place to cool off than at a pool.
Nashville's Wave Country has always been a popular spot when it's hot, but this year attendance is down 5% to 6%.
Tommy Lynch, director of Metro's Parks and Recreation Department, blames the May flood.
“There are three factors,” he explained. “First off, the Pennington Bend area was one of the worst places in Nashville that flooded. A lot of the people that come here on a daily basis actually live in the Donelson area so we have lost several families who would have been here on a daily basis.”
Another reason for the drop in attendance, according to Lynch, is that Opry Mills Mall is closed because of flood damage. Usually, the mall increases the traffic on Briley Parkway.
Also, because the Opryland Hotel is closed for repairs, the wave pool isn't seeing the tourists and convention guests it usually does every summer.
“When you're talking about an average of 1,000 a day instead of 1,150, that drop can be attributed primarily to those three factors and those three factors relate to the flood of May 1 and May 2,” Lynch said.
In Wave Country's 30-year history, Lynch tells News 2 this is only the second time attendance has declined.
The first was when the Opryland theme park shut down.
Lynch said while a 5% to 6% drop doesn't sound like a lot, it equates to $50,000 to $75,000 in lost revenue for the city.
Wave Country is open everyday through August 15. The park will be open three more weekends after that and officially close after Labor Day.
Read more about daily hours, rates and more at Nashville.gov/Parks.
Wave Country is located at 2320 Two Rivers Parkway.