Moose takes a dip at Butte’s new water park

Posted at 10:48 AM, Jun 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-17 12:48:56-04

The new Ridge Waters water park in Butte will be opening in a few days, but it had a surprise visit from a young moose who took a leisurely dip on Saturday.

(JUNE 12) With Butte’s new outdoor pool opening later this month, area residents and businesses have already started contributing to help needy kids get a chance to enjoy the pool.

“We do have a high poverty population here in Butte and so we don’t want to turn anybody away,” said Butte Parks and Recreation Director JP Gallagher.

A $50 donation can give 20 passes to children who can’t afford the admission cost to the Ridge Waters pool. People can donate at the Ridge Waters Facebook page or pick them up at the Highland View Golf Course at Stodden Park.

“As people donated, if we have carryover to the next season, so we’ll account for every dollar that’s spent in giving to the kids in need here in Butte,” Gallagher said.

It’s a bit too early to go down the slide right now, but thanks to the generosity of a lot of businesses and local people, every kid in Butte will get a chance to try this slide out. Park officials are not surprised by this kind of generosity.

“Butte always steps up and they’re always there to help the kids of Butte. I’m not surprised, I’m overwhelmed at the generosity that we get, but doesn’t surprise me, I see it time and time again,” Gallagher said.

The water park will officially open on June 23 and remain open until Labor Day.

  • Reported by John Emeigh/Butte

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