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Tide turns in favour of Wild Rivers 30-acre waterpark in Orange County Great Park

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Wild Rivers water park, which closed in 2011 following the expiration of its lease, is set to make a comeback at a new site in Orange County Great Park, Irvine.

California’s Irvine City Council has approved an exclusive negotiating agreement with Wild Rivers, LLC, to build and operate a 30-acre water park in the southeastern area of the park.

Plans are said to include an uphill water coaster, waterslides and a lazy river.

The next stage will be preliminary site planning and the first draft of a lease.

If all goes according to plan, the water park could be up and running by summer 2019.

It is understood that the company’s CEO, Mike Riedel, first mooted a move to the Great Park in 2011 when the waterpark closed.

The council did consider other proposals including a rafting and kayaking whitewater park and a surfing lake.

Both were turned down in favour of the Wild Rivers proposal.

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A water park by Wild Rivers is a step closer for Irvine’s Great Park

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Charles is Managing Director at Blooloop. He attends numerous trade shows around the world and frequently speaks about trends and social media for the attractions industry at conferences. Outside of Blooloop his passions are diving, trees and cricket.

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