Wave Country opens under heightened security - WKRN News 2

Wave Country opens under heightened security

Posted: Updated: May 26, 2012 01:55 PM CDT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Wave Country in Donelson opened Saturday under heightened security, marking the beginning of the summer swimming season.

Police increased patrols for 2012 after several fights broke out when Wave Country opened in the summer of 2011. Several new rules have also been added. 

A larger crowd than expected came out last Memorial Day and overran the entrance. Some people jumped the fence, others made their way through the gate without paying. 

Six metro police, a supervisor and Metro Parks officers were on hand Saturday to help with crowd control. 

"We've also got a new entry system that we have constructed. It kelps keep everything organized and in line when people come up and then just a little bit more crowd control by our staff is certainly going to help as well," Wave Country manager Matt Oberbeckling told Nashville's News 2. 

"The parks have revamped the barricade system in order to allow for just a better flow as people enter into that facility and in addition with the staff just to prepare them for large crowds or anything that may come up," said Capt. Chris Taylor.

Pool-goers said they appreciate the extra officers on site. Everything went well for opening morning. 

Wave Country will remain open seven days a week, until school starts. 

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