After 33 years the shutters are set to come down on Splashdown Park when the Tsawwassen waterpark shuts its doors for the final time on September 11.
The seven-acre water park first opened in 1984 and consists of a 242,000 gallon main pool, hot tub, and 13 slides, including three 425-foot-long high-speed slides and a 320-foot-long leisure river.
“It is becoming a reality that all of this is going to end in a few days, and it’s going to be missed. It really has been a blast!” Harold Fredericks, general manager at Splashdown Park said in a release.
“There’s so much nostalgia and appreciation expressed by guests and employees but there is also a tremendous sense of loss.”
Splashdown, which attracts around 100,000 visitors every year (a figure it’s well on its way to achieving in 2016), is set to close at the end of its lease. It is anticipated that the land will eventually be redeveloped into commercial or residential uses, if not a mixture of both.
But before the waterslides run dry there’s one last opportunity to celebrate and the park aims to go out with a big splash.
To celebrate its final weekend on September 10 and 11 Splashdown Park is set to host swag giveaways, giving sliders a chance to walk away with a piece of Splashdown history. There will also be games, water fights, and a weekend full of classic 80s and 90s tunes and costumes.
Splashdown park final weekend
When: September 10-11
Where: Splashdown Park, Tsawwassen.