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Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Park guests relax on the Lazy River at Blue Bayou Waterpark in Baton Rouge, Sunday, June 21, 2015.

The owners of the Blue Bayou and Dixie Landin' outdoor entertainment complex in Baton Rouge are starting to feel the heat as they seek to hire 700 seasonal workers to open in late May — with only its water park operating this year.

Blue Bayou Water Park looks to open at 100% capacity on May 22, while its Dixie Landin' Theme Park rides remain shut down.

"Staffing is currently an issue in the entire state of Louisiana, and we are already seeing this as an issue for us as well," according to a statement on company's website. 

The company was "in standby mode" for months, but still performed maintenance throughout the year preparing for the summer months, but focusing on just its water park.

"This year we had remained closed under the governor's orders, so we had to concentrate on one park," said Elizabeth Haynes Harrison, director of media and marketing at Blue Bayou.

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"It's great for students, high school or college because it doesn't interfere with classes," she said of the jobs available.

Harrison declined to comment about hourly rates for lifeguards, admissions and food service jobs, which are between 32 hours and 40 hours during the summer.

As an outdoor facility, visitors won't have to wear masks under the latest state and parish protocols. 

"We are closely monitoring the continuing coronavirus situation in order to create and promote a safe environment for everyone who visits the park this summer," the company's website statement says.


Email Kristen Mosbrucker at kmosbrucker@theadvocate.com.