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Opening Day: The re-opening of The BEACH in pictures

The re-opening of The BEACH in pictures

Hundreds of visitors came to opening day at The BEACH at Clayton County International Park in Jonesboro Saturday. It was the first time in nearly two years that the water park had been open to the public. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

Hundreds of visitors came to opening day at The BEACH at Clayton County International Park in Jonesboro Saturday. It was the first time in nearly two years that the water park had been open to the public. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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Lithonia youths Titiana Evans, from left, and Kiarey Allen, both 4, build sand castles with Taylor Evans on opening day at The BEACH at Clayton County International Park. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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Stone Mountain resident Joseph Harris splashes water on his daughter, Skylar Harris, 1, to keep her cool in the kiddie pool. It was Skylar Harris’ first trip to a water park. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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Riverdale resident Jeff Beale teaches his daughter, Janiseciia Powell, 5, how to swim in the kiddie pool. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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Jonesboro resident Carla Neloms holds her 1-year old daughter, Tori, as they enjoy the tyke’s first trip to a water park. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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Kansas City resident Tekoyia Trice builds a sand castle with her 10-month old son, Christian Trice. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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A young boys floats across the main pool. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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Brittany Waller and Kelsey Arnold smile during a break from customers at The Beach Store. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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Smyrna youth Journee Ross dances with Contagious Band singers Trice Rice and Katrina Tease as they sing Salt-N-Pepper’s “Push It.” (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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Smyrna youths Destinee Ross, Journee Ross and Heaven Ross dance with the Contagious Band to Salt-N-Pepper’s soung, “Push It.” (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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Nadir Bishop keeps watch over the main pool from one of the lifeguard stands. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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Children play in the kiddie pool on opening day. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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A line of people snakes up the stairs leading up to the four 40-foot water slides at The BEACH. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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Adventurous swimmers line up to enter one of the four 40-foot water slides at The BEACH. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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Many of the opening day visitors were families who came out to enjoy a day of sun and fun. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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Visitors swim and float in the main pool at The BEACH. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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Riverdale resident Jeff Beale teaches his daughter, Janiseciia Powell, 5, how to properly kick her legs while swimming. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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Parents sit along the edge of the kiddie pool while their children play in the shallow water. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

Hundreds of visitors came to opening day at The BEACH at Clayton County International Park in Jonesboro Saturday. It was the first time in nearly two years that the water park had been open to the public. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

Lithonia youths Titiana Evans, from left, and Kiarey Allen, both 4, build sand castles with Taylor Evans on opening day at The BEACH at Clayton County International Park. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

Stone Mountain resident Joseph Harris splashes water on his daughter, Skylar Harris, 1, to keep her cool in the kiddie pool. It was Skylar Harris’ first trip to a water park. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

Riverdale resident Jeff Beale teaches his daughter, Janiseciia Powell, 5, how to swim in the kiddie pool. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

Jonesboro resident Carla Neloms holds her 1-year old daughter, Tori, as they enjoy the tyke’s first trip to a water park. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

Kansas City resident Tekoyia Trice builds a sand castle with her 10-month old son, Christian Trice. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

A young boys floats across the main pool. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

Brittany Waller and Kelsey Arnold smile during a break from customers at The Beach Store. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

Smyrna youth Journee Ross dances with Contagious Band singers Trice Rice and Katrina Tease as they sing Salt-N-Pepper’s “Push It.” (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

Smyrna youths Destinee Ross, Journee Ross and Heaven Ross dance with the Contagious Band to Salt-N-Pepper’s soung, “Push It.” (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

Nadir Bishop keeps watch over the main pool from one of the lifeguard stands. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

Children play in the kiddie pool on opening day. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

A line of people snakes up the stairs leading up to the four 40-foot water slides at The BEACH. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

Adventurous swimmers line up to enter one of the four 40-foot water slides at The BEACH. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

Many of the opening day visitors were families who came out to enjoy a day of sun and fun. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

Visitors swim and float in the main pool at The BEACH. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

Riverdale resident Jeff Beale teaches his daughter, Janiseciia Powell, 5, how to properly kick her legs while swimming. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

Parents sit along the edge of the kiddie pool while their children play in the shallow water. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

By Curt Yeomans