Triple-digit heat draws hundreds to Billings water park

Posted at 5:56 PM, Jul 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-06 19:56:27-04

BILLINGS – The maximum capacity at Oasis water park in the Heights is 660. And on the first 100-degree day of the season, park officials estimate that they were right up against that number.

“We’ll probably see close to 1,000 people (over the course of the day]) for sure,” said Chuck Barthuly, the Oasis director of operations, on Friday.

Barthuly said he believes Oasis is a great addition to the Billings community, touting its cost effectiveness as the selling point for families looking for summer recreation.

He stressed the importance of the work done by Harvest Church to raise the money necessary to get the nonprofit Oasis up and running seven years ago.

“This exists because people care enough about the community to make something like this happen,” he said.

For people looking for ways to beat the heat as the hot temperatures stick around, Oasis and the city’s spray parks and wading pools will be open for enjoyment.

City spray pads operate from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. The wading pools are open from noon until 6 p.m.