YORKVILLE – In the heart of summer, Illinois’ largest water park – Raging Waves in Yorkville – will unveil its newest attraction Friday, July 24.

With the new, six-lane mat racing water slide, named Aussie Mat Dash, Raging Waves continues to grow with an attraction that will allow six riders to race side-by-side in tunnels to the bottom, a news release stated. With only two other such slides installed in the world, the Aussie Mat Dash will be at the south end of the park, near The Boomerang and Cyclone.

Raging Waves’ Aussie Mat Dash is a Proslide RallyRACER trademark attraction, offering RallyPOINTS technology. Each rider speeds through a fast spiral beside their fellow racers and may now track their progress as they go in and out of open and closed-slide areas along the way. Appropriate for riders 42-inches tall or above, the Aussie Mat Dash will feature almost 2,500 feet of combined slides, with each slide being 400 feet in length.

“We are thrilled to open our newest water slide to our guests this month,” said Randy Witt, co-owner of Raging Waves, in the release. “As a family-owned and run business, our entire Raging Waves team is proud to continually provide the opportunity for friends and families to make memories each summer. Bringing our total water slide count to 32, the Aussie Mat Dash is the perfect ride for guests to embrace their competitive side and race together. With state and federal approval to operate during these unprecedented times, we look forward to serving each of our guests with the utmost care and opportunity for safe, family-friendly entertainment, as we do every summer.”
 
To ensure staff and guest health, well-being and comfort, Raving Waves will require all those who enter the park to first pass a health screening upon arrival, the release stated. All guests must wear face coverings when not engaged in swimming activities and when a safe physical distance of 6 feet or more is not possibly maintained, including while in entry, restroom and restaurant queues. The Raging Waves staff, which includes an increased cleaning crew, has gone through enhanced cleanliness training, while sanitation stations also will be available throughout the park for guest and staff frequent use.
 
In addition, Raging Waves has changed the following policies. It will allow filled personal water bottles inside the park and will not offer water fountains or refills. Mobile ordering will be available at the Shark Bite Café via Raging Waves’ app to allow guests to order at their table and maintain personal space. Locker room use and capacity will be limited for maximum safety and only clear bags will be allowed in the park, with standard bag check rules in place upon arrival.
 
Raging Waves’ operating hours are Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Advanced reservations are required for all guests prior to visiting and all members of the party must enter the park as a group. Reservations may be made at www.ragingwaves.com/reservations, and general admission costs $34.99 each for adults and children, while admission for infants between 0 and 23 months is free. Parking vouchers may be purchased in advance online or upon arrival.
 
Raging Waves is at 4000 N. Bridge St. in Yorkville. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.RagingWaves.com or call 630-882-6575.