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Demolition begins on former Raging Waters water park in Salt Lake City

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – As of 2018, the former Raging Waters water park has been a fading stain in the southern part of Salt Lake City. Now the city and the entrepreneurs are ready to make way for a new feature.

Before becoming Raging Waters, in 2016, the park changed ownership and changed its name from Seven Peaks Water Park. In 2019, tall grass and dry weeds near the slides ignited in July, but Salt Lake City fire crews were able to save the structures. Less than two weeks later, on August 4, flames ravaged the vacant park office.

When the Seven Peaks deal expired, a company called Blue Island took over and had big plans to renovate the park into a resort town with new pools, slides, restaurants, retail spaces and even the longest river. lazy of the world. Eventually, this company withdrew and attempts to reach them failed.

Last fall, the Glendale Community Council held an onsite visionary conversation about the future of the property. This summer, the Glendale Community Council hosted discussions on the condition and potential of the old water park.

After working with contractors over the summer to remove hazardous buildings, Salt Lake City is now ready to move on to the next phase of its deconstruction of the Raging Waters site, removing paving, certain features in the soil and the slides this fall.

“We want this land to become a valuable community asset again,” said Mayor Erin Mendenhall. “The water park is an important part of the history of our city and of its future. We look forward to learning from the Glendale community and other Salt Lake residents what this site means to them and how it could be transformed.

The City plans to recycle and reuse most of the infrastructure left in the park. This includes site concrete, which will be crushed and recycled as a road base. Some of the slides will be stored for potential future use and other site features will be removed or adapted while retaining their potential for integration into future design.

In addition, contractors take precautions to protect healthy trees living on the 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. Public engagement will begin in November with a vision plan slated for spring and the implementation of some amenities starting in summer 2022. More details on the project can be found found here.

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