Water Park Closes After 22 Years - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/30/08

Water Park Closes After 22 Years

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The Texas Water Rampage, the only water park in Lubbock, has gone out of business.

"If there's one big thing I'm going to miss, it will be the children and the kids having a good time," said Texas Water Rampage owner Beau Denson. 

After 22 summers in business Denson says one of the reasons the park is closing is the decline in attendance. The other reason is a lawsuit that is being filed against the park. 

"A young person got hurt two years ago, hurt their finger in our pool and now two years later they decided to file a lawsuit against us. With this lawsuit pending, we find it to be frivolous, but with it pending we decided we better not open back up if lawsuits can be filed for hurt fingers," said Denson.

Denson says he also gets many calls from people that are very disappointed that this park won't be opening.  Here is one message that was left on his answering machine:

"I just wanted to let you know my kids are crying over here that Texas Water Rampage is not going to be open. I mean they are broken hearted and you all need to get back in business because my kids are in a terrible state of hurt," said a disappointed parent. 

Denson says the lack of attendance was due to people wanting new attractions.

"They didn't understand that without attendance of 70,000 people or more we were never going to be able to add new attractions.  These attractions are $300,000 to $500,000 venues," said Denson. 

Denson did say the park is up for sale, and he hopes someone will buy it and restore it as a water park.

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