Mount Vernon breaks ground on water park

MOUNT VERNON — With the shaking of colorful pool toys and splashing of water, Mount Vernon officials broke ground on a $5.1 million outdoor water park Thursday.

The city’s safari-themed Aquatic Zoo will feature an alligator walk suspended between two trees; a splash pad with interactive and audio-equipped animal spray features; water geysers, fountains, a lap pool; zero-depth entry leisure pool; two spiral water slides that empty into a lazy river; and adjoining bathing areas.

“You will find numerous landscaped areas that allow your childlike fantasies to take you deep into our jungle of grasses, flowers and trees,” said Parks and Public

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