MENOMONIE, WI (August 18, 2023)–Wakanda Water Park closed on Wednesday, August 16th and will not
On the afternoon of Wednesday, August 16th, a fecal incident occurred in the pool. In accordance with United
States Department of Health and Human Services guidelines, the pool was immediately cleared and closed for
the remainder of the day. City staff subsequently obtained and  distributed concentrated chlorine powder to
raise the free chlorine concentration in the pool and attempted to hold it at the required concentration long
enough to inactivate or kill cryptosporidium and other harmful parasites that exist within fecal matter.

Unfortunately, the required concentration could not be maintained for the required length of time which would
have left pool users at risk. A second attempt would have allowed only one additional open period swim prior
to the scheduled pool closure on Sunday,  Mayor Knaack, reluctantly decided to close the pool for the
remainder of the 2023 Season.
Family SeasonPass holders may use their Super Pool Passes at Eau Claire’s Fairfax Municipal Pool (4200
Fairfax Street, Eau Claire, WI 54701) or Chippewa Falls’ Bernard F. Willi Outdoor Pool (1 Bridgewater Street,
Chippewa Falls, WI 54729).

Both pools also offer day passes.

Wakanda Water Park welcomed over 27,000 visitors in 2023 and while this is a disappointing way to end the
season, we look forward to welcoming visitors again in June 2024.
Questions regarding Wakanda Water Park can be directed to David Schofield, Director of Public Works at 715-
232-2221 ext. 1020

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