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Lake Michigan’s first floating water park to open in mid-June

Alex Ruppenthal, Chicago Tonight/WTTW

Officials in Whiting, Indiana, think their city is about to become a whole lot more popular.

In June, Whiting’s Whihala Beach will open its new floating water park, the first of its kind for Lake Michigan.

The park, which is essentially an inflatable obstacle course on water, will be installed by the German company Wibit, which has opened floating aquatic playgrounds all over the world. The park will feature slides, towers, bridges, cliffs, monkey bars and even a floating trampoline.

Although Wibit has installed similar parks in Florida, California and other U.S. locations, Whiting’s new attraction is making waves in the middle of the country.

“This is really the first large one of this magnitude in the Midwest,” said Ron Romens of Commercial Recreation Specialists, Wibit’s distributor in the U.S.

Whiting is still finalizing permits for the WhoaZone at Whihala Beach – the official name for the new park – but it is set to open June 24.

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