‘Wild Rivers’ Water Park Faces Shutdown After Summer

SANTA ANA (CBS) — One of the Southland’s most popular water parks may be going dry this autumn to make way for new apartment units.

KNX 1070’s Ed Mertz reports plans to close down “Wild Rivers” in Irvine are drawing a less-than-wild response from residents.

For the past 26 summers, residents have kept cool at 20-acre park, but the Irvine company which owns the land said it will have to move once the lease expires October 2.

President Mike Riedel said in the meantime the company is trying to find another location.

“It’s a work-in-progress,” said Ridell. “We’re looking at land in the Great Park.”

Still, there’s concern among company officials and residents alike over how long it will take to find a new site.

“My kids will probably be too old by the time they build it,” said Mary, a local resident who said her kids are currently too little for most of the rides.

Once a site is finally approved, construction would likely take nine months to complete before the park can reopen.

  • rjsmitty

    new apartment units ? theres a good idea …

  • lala63

    Yes! Oh please build more outrageously expensive apartments in Southern California … ones that start at … oh, I don’t know – about $1,400 for a one bedroom. Pathetic really when a person like myself making $40,000 / year can’t afford a frikkin one bedroom apartment. $1,400 is about half of my take home pay. And that is about what you have to pay for a decent apartment in this state.

    • Irvine Co.

      Greed is good.

    • Marcus

      Good luck finding an Irvine Co. one-bedroom that cheap! And don’t forget the “pet rent”.

  • CB

    Let them build it up. Irvine has been ruined for years due to overbuilding, so better here than somewhere else.

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