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Large crowd expected Saturday at Dawson club's Rotary Island
Aden Holcomb was among hundreds of kids at Rotary Island last week. On Saturday, the mini waterpark at Rock Creek Sports Complex is expected to draw large crowds for the official grand re-opening party. - photo by For the Dawson Community News

Rotary Island was packed for Memorial Day weekend, and this Saturday morning should be no different when the water sprinklers at Rock Creek Park burst into the air in celebration of summer.

"We want to invite the entire community out to Rotary Day this Saturday to celebrate the official grand re-opening of Rotary Island," said Rotary Club of Dawson County President Scott Yochum.

"We want it to be like a 4th of July kind of celebration with music and games and entertainment and kids running through the sprinklers having the best time."

Rotary Island is a three-dimensional, interactive splash pad featuring a 40-foot diameter with five above-ground water sprayers and six ground-level sprinklers.

Admission to Rotary Island is always free.

On Saturday, all the different activities at the mini-waterpark, including the games, lunch, snacks and drinks are also free.

"Cotton candy, snow cones, hotdogs and popcorn, everything is free on Rotary Day," Yochum said.

The group is also promising to have "one of the best DJs" around playing party tracks that'll have everyone dancing, singing and enjoying the afternoon at the park.

"We'll have some great entertainment, some cloggers that are great and always bring a great crowd and a lot of enthusiasm," he said.

There will also be a dunk tank and several community leaders have already agreed to be the targets.

Rotary Island opened last August after nearly two years of planning, hard work and collaboration between the club, county government, park staff and the Etowah Water and Sewer Authority board of directors.

"Seeing it open was really the culmination of everything that everyone put into," said Vernon Smith, who serves as the club's immediate past president and dreamed up the idea for Rotary Island.

"It's literally a dream to see it happen, to see the joy it has brought to the kids."