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Rotary Island opens Saturday
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Rotary Island visitors like Gabriella Harris will enjoy the cool respite from the Georgia heat when the splash pad opens for its 2022 season on June 4. - photo by File photo

Rotary Island at Rock Creek Park will open for its fourth season on Saturday, when hundreds of local children will flock to the splash pad oasis to cool off under the sprinklers.

Rotary Island is an interactive water park that features five above ground water features and six ground level sprinklers. It is located adjacent to the park’s children’s playground and adjoins the pavilion.

Each year the park opens with a celebration hosted by the Rotary Club of Dawson County that will include free activities, free food and a talent show.

The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 2. The talent show, new this year, will begin at noon. It is free to register and is open to any talent.

Registration begins at 10 a.m. and prizes will be given to first, second and third place winners.

The entire community is invited to come out and enjoy free hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy and snow cones, as well as ride on a water slide, dunk local celebrities in a water tank and meet some furry friends at a petting zoo.

 Admission to Rotary Island is always free.

Rotary Island opened in August of 2014 and was the club’s biggest project since the club formed in 1992, costing over $54,000.
Water is donated by the Etowah Water and Sewer Authority.

Weather permitting, children and adults will be able to play in the water feature during park hours until the end of September.