ROCKFORD (WIFR) – One of Magic Waters’ most popular rides could have a different look next season, this coming in the middle of several lawsuits filed against the water park.
The Park District is meeting with some water park design experts to see how they can tweak the Splash Blaster waterslide for the better.
Rockford Park District Executive Director Tim Dimke says redesigning the Splash Blaster is part of a $2 million project to give Magic Waters a mechanical facelift. According to Dimke, a lot of the equipment and rides are almost 20 years old and need to be re-done.
"If we don't keep those kind of facilities current and attractive and appealing then there suddenly could become a burden on taxes. So it's important that we keep everything current and appealing to our citizens and a lot of guests that come in,” says Dimke.
The Park District is also talking expansion. Dimke says he hopes to make the kiddie pool and parts of the park intended for younger kids bigger.
All of the upgrades are expected to get approved by the board. If it is, the Splash Blaster improvements and Water Park facelift would be ready for next season. The expansion for the kiddie areas will have to wait until at least the 2017 season.