WAVELAND -- Buccaneer Bay Water Park will open in the summer for the first time since Hurricane Katrina destroyed it in 2005, according to the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks website.
Buccaneer State Park's structures, water parks and support facilities were destroyed during Katrina, and the park has reopened in phases over the past seven years, the website said.
Buccaneer Bay Water Park, the third phase of the construction process, will include a wave pool, water slide, wading pool and concession area. The website said that the water park construction will be complete by the end of spring.
Buccaneer was the state's most popular day-use park before Katrina, and tourism officials estimated that the park had 500,000 visitors each year.
Buccaneer State Park director Stu Rayburn previously told the Sun Herald that visitors have slowly started returning since the park reopened in May 2010, and he hoped that