The first new major attraction at Canobie Lake Park has been awarded planning approval.
Tidal River will have a slow-running stretch of water to drift down on, with water slides and other features planned.
Before construction can start, other conditions and permits need to be met. Earlier this week, the planning board approved plans for Tidal River.
This latest attraction will be situated near the existing Castaway water playground, on the southwest area of Canobie Lake Park.
According to the New Hampshire Union Leader, Tidal River will have a disability-friendly wave pool, water slides, cafes and restaurants as well as changing rooms.
George Fredette, president of SFC Engineering Partnership, who is representing Canobie Lake said: “Canobie Lake Park, since its early years, had a swimming pool,” he said. “It was a very large Olympic-sized pool.”
Tidal River will be a place for patrons to splash about and relax during the summer season, he added.
Canobie Lake Park ramps up water attractions
The flowing river will surround an island with water slides and a wave pool. There will also be a bridge for visitors to access the river to enjoy the water slides.
The new 2-acre attraction will be key to repeat business. “We’re expecting that the Tidal River keeps them coming to Canobie,” Fredette said.
There are thought to be no significant rises in traffic coming to the area when the new water attraction is built. A memo from Director of Municipal Services Roy Sorenson told planners this would not be an issue.
The Untamed roller coaster was the last ride added to Salem’s Main Street amusement park in 2011. Keeping the attractions fresh was vital, and new additions are part of this, Fredette said.
“Canobie Lake Park continues to make upgrades to keep people interested in coming,” he said.
Canobie Lake Park in Salem, New Hampshire, currently has over 85 rides and games. One of the park’s oldest attractions is a wooden roller coaster named Yankee Cannonball, which dates back to 1936.
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