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Jessyka Hanna Named General Manager of Magic Springs

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Magic Springs Theme & Water Park has announced that assistant general manager and director of operations Jessyka Hanna has been named general manager.  

Hanna takes over for the retiring Jack Bateman, an industry veteran of 40 years. Bateman will have an advisory role until his retirement takes effect in March.

Hanna of Hot Springs began working at Magic Springs in 2001 as a seasonal employee and entered a full-time role after attending the University of Central Arkansas, the park said in a news release. In various roles over the years, she has overseen the waterpark, rides, security, park services, maintenance, food services, special events and human resources.

Bateman said, “This park is something special and Jessyka has dedicated herself to helping it thrive for more than 20 years. She will be integral to its continued success as a place for families to create magic memories that last a lifetime.”

Hanna has participated in the state’s Amusement Ride Safety Advisory Board and is a certified aquatic facilities operator and certified pool operator.

“It has always been my goal to see the park succeed in our small community,” she said in the release. “It has been my honor to manage the changes that have led to the park’s current success, whether it is new rides and attractions, great concert lineups or simply a positive work experience. I work to provide families with special memories during each visit, just like the ones my own family makes at the park.”

Filling Hanna’s former position is Kyle Taylor, the former general manager of Parrot Island Water Park in Fort Smith. Taylor has worked in the industry for 17 years, 11 of which were part of a previous stint at Magic Springs.

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