JONESBORO When Clayton County International Beach kicks off its summer season Saturday, it will do so without one of its most popular features.
Park officials have suspended operations at The Beach until renovations can be completed. The attraction was bulldozed last fall for filming of the “Hunger Games” sequel, “Catching Fire.” Officials said at the time of the filming that the county would use it as an opportunity to make improvements to the water park.
Parks and Recreation Director Detrick Stanford told commissioners this week that improvements have not been completed so The Beach may not open until mid-summer. However, he added it could be difficult to pinpoint when an opening may occur.
“Theoretically, we’re looking at sometime in the first or second week of July,” said Stanford.
Stanford briefed the commission on the status of The Beach during a work session Tuesday after Commissioner Sonna Singleton asked him about a notice that stated operations were suspended until further notice.
He said materials for a water slide had not arrived from an overseas shipment. He said a build-out time of about two or three weeks was expected once the materials arrive.
Stanford added there was a chlorine filtration problem which made park officials hesitant about opening part of The Beach to the public. In addition to a large pool, there is also a small splash pad for children.
“We looked at opening part of it,” Stanford said. “Our issue with that is that we cannot circulate the water because of a chlorine issue, so we’re still working with the contractor and subcontractor to come up with a plan.”
Even without The Beach, International Park will hold its traditional Memorial Day weekend celebration Saturday. There will be a concert in Lakeview Amphitheater from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. and a fireworks show will go off at dusk. Admission will be $10 per car.
The celebration is handled each year as the kick-off to the park’s summer season.