Soaky Mountain Waterpark’s management team has announced they are voluntarily suspending all liquor and beer sales for the remainder of the 2021 season.
This is in an effort to prove its commitment to safety.
According to Soaky Mountain officials, both the TN ABC and Sevierville Beer Commission support this decision.
Soaky Mountain Waterpark is working with both of these agencies to further enhance its alcohol related policies and looks forward to an exciting, fun-filled 2022 season.
Officials note that the isolated actions of a handful of individuals are not representative of the experiences of the other 300,000-plus Soaky Mountain guests.
“The safety of our employees, our loyal season pass holders and the other guests who visit our family waterpark is paramount,” said Dave Andrews, General Manager of Soaky Mountain Waterpark.
“We exist to provide opportunities for our guests to have fun and make memories together,” Andrews continued. “What happened in our parking lot was a senseless act of violence, and we remain committed to helping the Sevierville Police Department with their investigation.”
“We are grateful to everyone who reacted quickly to apprehend the suspect, and our thoughts and prayers are with the victim’s family.”
Previously, beer and alcoholic beverages such as cocktails were available at the family-friendly waterpark.
What happened at Soaky Mountain?
The change in liquor sales follows incidents of reported intoxicated guests and individuals from the waterpark.
The most serious of which involved a fatal parking lot shooting on July 31, 2021.
According to the Sevierville Police Department incident report, two female victims were struck by gunfire in the Soaky Mountain Waterpark parking lot.
One was flown to the University of Tennessee Medical Center, and the other was transported to LeConte Medical Center.
One victim was pronounced dead shortly after medical transport.
The circumstance involved an argument between the individuals, according to the police report.
The three detainees face charges including public intoxication, possession of a handgun while under the influence, aggravated assault and second degree murder.
The report describes one detainee as “heavily intoxicated” and “acting belligerent”.
Soaky Mountain is a 50-acre attraction that opened last year in the Smokies. The park utilizes bag checks when guests enter the waterpark.
Will alcohol return to Soaky Mountain Waterpark?
It is unclear what the future holds for liquor sales at Soaky Mountain.
However, waterpark officials are working with both the TN ABC and Sevierville Beer Commission to further enhance its alcohol related policies in 2022.
Meanwhile, Soaky will continue to serve other treats at restaurants and snack stands. For example, food items include tacos, pizza, burgers, milkshakes and macaroni creations from the Rolly Macaroni food truck.
Is Soaky Mountain Waterpark open?
Soaky Mountain will be open through the end of August 2021 with select operating days in September.
Next month, the waterpark will remain open through Sept. 1-6 and on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the remainder of the month.
For the full operating calendar schedule, check their website.
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