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Photos courtesy of Tarzan Boat
Photos courtesy of Tarzan Boat

Last one in the water is a rotten egg!

With daring dives and joyful jumps, Rockaway Water Park will hold its grand opening on Saturday, August 6, at roughly 1 p.m. As part of the fun, the Tarzan Boat — a floating playground with a 14-feet-above-water platform, swinging ropes, two trampolines (Monkey Bounce and Gorilla Bounce), and a curvy slide — will make its Maiden voyage in Jamaica Bay. (There’s also a sun deck for the less adventurous.)

Robert Kaskel, who owns Thai Rock restaurant and Rockaway Jet Ski, is the entrepreneur behind Rockwater Water Park, which will be located near his businesses at 375 Beach 92nd St., but in Jamaica Bay. He’s renting the Tarzan Boat for the rest of the summer.

Kaskel said that he won’t charge a usage fee on opening Saturday, and then he’ll offer a $5 discount for those who buy tickets with the promo code SPLASH on Sunday. Afterward, customers will get two hours of playtime for $25 with sessions at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m.

Introduced in 2015, the Tarzan Boat has the capacity to hold 40 fun-seekers at the same time. With a $64,000 price tag, there are only a few of these contraptions in the world. Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts and the Republican candidate for president in 2012, owns one of them.

Participants must be age 8 or older and be able to swim to use the Tarzan Boat. Less-than-strong swimmers are required to wear a life jacket provided by Rockaway Water Park.


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