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The Beach Waterpark on Friday March 9, 2012 announced it is closing immediately. (Photo by Dave Marlo)
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MASON, Ohio - The Beach Waterpark, a popular Tri-State attraction for more than 27 years, announced Friday it will close for the 2012 season.

Officials with the tropical-themed water park said in a press release the closure begins immediately and is due to challenging and economic climate and changing patron entertainment habits.

"The Beach Waterpark management team is extremely saddened to make today's announcement," said Ralph Vilardo Jr., authorized spokesperson on behalf of The Beach Waterpark. "We have been proud to provide entertainment and employment to Southwest Ohioans for more than 27 years. Like many businesses these days, we had to make the difficult decision to close after concluding that further investment to support the business cannot be justified."

The water park, which sits on 35 acres in Mason, has operated at a loss during the past several years, according to officials.

An estimated 7.5 million people have visited the park which opened in 1985 and employed more than 15,000 people during the course of its operation.

Vilardo said the company is working on a plan to accommodate season pass holders. People who already purchased season passes can contact water park officials by emailing them at thebeachwaterpark@northlich.com . The water park says to include your contact information and the number of passes purchased and someone from management will contact you.

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