FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 14, 2021
Contact: Lindsey Nikola
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Demolition of Water Park Infrastructure Begins at Glendale Regional Park
Salt Lake City begins removals to make way for new regional park
After working with contractors over the summer to remove dangerous buildings, Salt Lake City will move on to the next phase of its deconstruction of the old “Raging Waters” and “Seven Peaks Water Park” site as it removes paving, some in-ground features, and slides this fall.
Since 2018, the old “Raging Waters” and “Seven Peaks Water Park” site has been closed to the public. This site was an iconic attraction from much of the Intermountain West, and though beloved by the community, was closed as it became infeasible to operate. In the Fall of 2020, the City’s Community and Neighborhoods Department carried out a community engagement campaign for the Glendale Water Park site, which confirmed that the cost and market for restoration of a water park at the site was not feasible, the water park infrastructure should be removed.
“We want this land to become a valued community asset once again,” Mayor Erin Mendenhall said. “The water park is an important part of our City’s history and its future. We are looking forward to learning from the Glendale community and other Salt Lake residents about what this site means to them and how it could be transformed.”
In an effort to maximize sustainability and divert waste from the landfills, the City has identified opportunities to recycle and reuse a of the majority of the infrastructure. Concrete from the site will be crushed and recycled as road base.
Some slides will be removed from their current location and stored for potential future use. Other site features will be removed or adapted while also maintaining their potential for integration in future design.
Precautions are being taken by contractors to protect the healthy living trees on site.
Salt Lake City Public Lands has initiated a planning process to create a vision for the new regional park at the former Glendale Water Park site. The planning team is working closely with project stakeholders, neighborhood residents, and partners to create a community-supported vision that reflects the Glendale neighborhood’s diversity and rich cultural heritage. Public engagement for the project will begin this November with a vision plan expected in spring, and implementation of some new amenities beginning in summer 2022.
Future updates about this project will be posted here on this webpage.
On Wednesday, July 14th, the Glendale Community Council hosted an online Community Conversation about the site of the Glendale Waterpark. Click here for a recording: https://fb.watch/v/1dp6LVlbd/
In the early 1980s, Salt Lake City was water park central for the Intermountain West. The “Wild Wave” was home to the world’s third wave pool and the place to be in the summertime. Fast forward to 2021 and the 17-acre Glendale park—which has changed names to Raging Waters and later Seven Peaks—is in a state of serious disrepair. Closed since 2018, the pools leak, much of the equipment is broken and unsafe, or no longer meet engineering codes. Vandalism and operator abandonment have created additional problems, such as fires, stripped electrical wiring and equipment theft. The park’s condition leaves Salt Lake City wrestling with the difficult question of what to do next.
In the fall of 2020, the City’s Community and Neighborhoods (CAN) Department carried out a community engagement campaign, including a survey, to gauge how the community would feel about disassembling the water park and replacing it with something different.
When asked, “Do you support disassembly of the water park equipment and pools in order to remove hazards they present and make way for something new?” 87% of the 3,500 survey participants answered, “Yes.”
When asked, “If costs and market forces of building a new water park where not an issue, would you prefer the land be used for a water park?” the results were nearly 50/50.
Based on that community engagement, it has been determined that the water park infrastructure on the site would be removed. Click here to access a full summary of the survey results.
The City’s CAN Department has begun the disassembly of the waterpark. This process should be completed by mid-summer 2021.
The property on which the waterpark stands was purchased with State of Utah Land and Water Conservation funds which restricts the property for use as open and outdoor recreation. Meaning, the property cannot be used for housing or other commercial development. The site must be used as a park or other form of outdoor recreation.
The City’s Public Lands Department will take over this project after the disassembly of the water park to determine what will replace the waterpark on this property. Public Lands has been awarded $225,000 to create a Development Plan for the site with the help of a project consultant. It is anticipated that a consultant will be selected by June 5th, 2021.
A summary of the work that the consultant will perform, under the direction of Public Lands, includes:
- Public engagement and reporting
- Due diligence and existing conditions
- Site programming opportunities and costs
- Site development alternatives
- Final site master plan with implementation phases and associated costs
The Glendale Community Council recently performed a visioning exercise with their community, which provided excellent community feedback that will be considered as part of step 1 of the development plan, “Public Engagement and Reporting.” Click here for a summary of this visioning exercise.
It is anticipated that the final site master plan with implementation phases and associated costs will be complete by Spring of 2022.
On this webpage, Public Lands will regularly be posting updates about the Development Plan for the former Glendale Waterpark site. You can also follow us on social media for regular updates about plan development and community engagement opportunities. You can also opt in to receive email updates about the project by filling out this form.