Future of Wild Waters is Unclear
SILVER SPRINGS- The waters have been muddied as to the fate of a longtime North Central Florida attraction. The future of Wild Waters is unclear after an advisory group recommended closing the water park.
However, some residents are hoping it actually gets a facelift.
"Me and my daughter use to have a season pass,” said Lucia D’Alessandro.
D'Alessandro still remembers the days she and her daughter use to soak up the sun at Wild Waters Water Park in Silver Springs.
"Our best thing was the wave pool because she use to stay in and I use to hang out and get tan,” said D’Alessandro.
The park has been in operation since 1978. Charles Hilton of Ocala said that "use" to be the hot spot when he was a boy.
"Summertime when I was younger. My mom use to take us there,” said Hilton.
Palace Entertainment use to own the park, but the state took over in October. A Silver Springs advisory group is recommending the state close Wild Waters.
"There were some reasons. The use of water was one of them,” said Patrick Gillespie who is the Press Secretary for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
Reports suggest the closure of the park would help in the beautification and treatment of storm water in the Silver Springs area. While the group wants to see wild waters history, other residents said it's the only recreational activity left for children.
"There is not much to do in this side of town and otherwise the kids are going to be in the streets playing,” said Lisa Aradine of Silver Springs.
The group proposes the property be used for biking, paddling, hiking and equestrian trail services. Gillespie said the state is considering the groups' recommendations, but that doesn't mean the water park will close.
"The current concessionaire with have at silver springs operating some of the others amenities out there have shown some interest. So we are talking with that concessionaire about potentially running the park," said Gillespie.
Even though some residents describe the water park as abandoned, they don’t' want to see it washed away.
"It would be best if they would consider renovating and maybe that would bring back the tourist because it was a tourist attraction," said Sonja Edwards of Silver Springs.
The Silver Spring’s advisory group will meet again this Friday at 8:30 a.m. The meeting will be held at Silver Springs State Park and residents are invited to attend.
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