The Beach water park reopens under new management

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MASON, Ohio (AP) -- The Beach water park in southwest Ohio has reopened under new ownership and plans to honor season passes from last year, when the attraction was closed.

The water park near Kings Island amusement park north of Cincinnati was closed for the 2012 season after managers decided they couldn't justify further investment. It reopened Saturday.

The Florida-based company that took over The Beach has made about $5 million in renovations for the new season. It renovated the wave pool, added an interactive children's play area and re-coated the water slides to provide faster, smoother rides.

General manager Ralph Vilardo says admission prices are lower compared with the costs two years ago.

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