WAVELAND — The 460,000-gallon wave pool at Buccaneer State Park will be open tomorrow for the first time since Hurricane Katrina heavily damaged the water park in 2005.
The Sun Herald reports Buccaneer Bay director Stu Rayburn rode out Hurricane Katrina at the park and was there during the difficult recovery process following the storm. Work on the $21 million project began in 2006.
Before it was a water park, the Buccaneer Bay site in western Waveland, known as Jackson Ridge, was a garbage dump.
In 1972, a state legislative bill and a $20 million bond created the park, which featured Mississippi’s first wave pool.