Omaha waterpark CoCo Key closed after failing health inspection

Published: Jun. 23, 2021 at 5:59 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - An Omaha indoor waterpark is facing problems again.

CoCo Key Resort near 72nd and Grover streets closed its doors after an inspection by the Douglas County Health Department.

“It was on the 12th of this month, and the party was scheduled from 3 to 8.” A family birthday party brought Janie Rapier to CoCo Key. She wasn’t overly impressed with what she saw at the indoor waterpark.

“My husband said the water doesn’t look real crystal-clear, and I said, ‘Oh, it’s OK,’ you know,” she said. “And I went to the bathroom, and they were very uncleanly.”

Rapier said there were a lot of parents and their kids in the water that day. “It was very full of very young children and some adults,” she said. “I mean, it was very busy.”

Rapier said she contacted the county health department about the conditions she saw. An inspector with DCHD checked it out.

In a statement, the health department representative said on Tuesday they “closed the activity pool, spa, children’s pool, and the lazy river. We are reviewing records to determine any reopening plans.” A sign on the door at CoCo Key reads “CoCo Key Water Resort is closed today due to electrical issues.”

A check of 6 News archives shows the pool has a history of health-related problems. A few examples: In September 2012, a hazmat crew was called in for a chlorine leak. In July 2018, the facility was shut down by the health department for failing an inspection, but it reopened that October.

Rapier said the operation has had its chances to operate a safe, healthy business, but the time has come for a change.

“I don’t think that place should ever be a business anymore because what’s there now is a danger to this community,” she said. “This place needs to be demolished.”

6 News submitted a written request to DCHD to see which specific violations resulted in the closing of CoCo Key and has not received that documentation. 6 News has confirmed that the property was sold two months ago to an out-of-town developer for $6.3 million. It earlier announced it would close for good July 17.

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