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Terry Hill Water Park Opens Saturday

The original owner reopened Terry Hill Water Park for a short season in 2011 and will open for this season on Saturday.

If anyone knows any good sun dances, Durell Shellhamer wouldn’t mind learning a few steps.

Shellhamer, the owner of Terry Hill Water Park in Upper Macungie, plans to open the park on Saturday, June 23 and is hoping the summer will be hot and dry -- unlike last August when he closed the park early due to too much rain.

Shellhamer's family built the pool in 1968 and expanded it into a water park in the 1980s. He sold it in 1998, but got it back in 2008. The park was closed  for a couple of years while Shellhamer made repairs and remodeled.

Now it's ready for swimmers and sunshine.

“When I see children having fun at what I created, that is my enjoyment,” he said.

Typically, Shellhamer says it’s only open about 68-72 days a year, which is why good weather is so important. And by the way, Shellhamer has it up for sale, again.

When: Starting Saturday it’s open noon-7 p.m. daily in June, July and August through Aug. 15 – weather permitting; noon to 6 p.m. from Aug. 16-Labor Day.

Where: 10000 Route 222/Hamilton Blvd. Breinigsville, across from .

Cost: People under 42 inches tall, $14.95; 42-52 inches, $16.95; over 52 inches, $19.95. Senior citizens, ages 60 and up pay $9.95 to use the swimming pool only, not the water slides and other water attractions.

Included in the admission price are all the water slides and water attractions, such as the Tarzan swing and Lazy River, miniature golf, use of lounge chairs, picnic tables, hot showers, free parking and WiFi for those with a Pen Tele Data account. The park has a refreshment stand but patrons are permitted to bring their own picnic coolers, Shellhamer said.

What are your memories of Terry Hill Park. Tell us in comments.

Kate June 20, 2012 at 11:46 AM
Cute place. Nice owner. I used to work there years ago. Not too sure how safe it is though.
moderate Republican June 20, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Good luck -- this waterpark (though somewhat new, being from the 1980's) is an old-fashioned alternative to the neighboring park a few miles to the east, is much more affordable, and is locally owned and operated. Give it a try!
Momatude June 20, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Something simple as a fresh coat of waterproof paint sprayed on all the visible colorful slides would update the park. I pass it often and this always crosses my mind. Large banks of easy to care for flowers/flowering shrubs would also add to the appeal. Neither of there are over the top expenses, relatively, and would go a long way to making the park look inviting. While it's nice for small kids who don't notice these things- older patrons would benefit from these simple visual upgrades.
G.R.G. June 21, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Hi, Please stop by and see the park. They have put a lot of time into the park since the previous owners had it. Thanks! :)
M.J.G. June 21, 2012 at 04:26 PM
The park has been worked on, updated, and offers enjoyment for all ages. I can't think of a better way to spend a summer day. ENJOY!

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