Can this eerie, thrice-closed abandoned park promote for $11 million?
Lake Dolores Waterpark, thought of America’s first waterpark, hit the market asking $11 million in August — and it is 250 acres of eerie, abandoned decay, new images by Raise the Stakes Photography present.
It has been virtually twenty years because the Mojave Desert, California park was abandoned in 2004 after three tried launches and closures over the previous 60 years.
“I’ve visited the park several times over the years since it was first abandoned, and each time it is slightly more decayed and weather-beaten – not to mention covered in spray paint,” mentioned the Nevada photographer Shaun, who took the images in mid-September and requested his final identify not be used.
Dirt, overgrown bushes, barren stretches of land, graffiti, spray paint cans and litter mark the positioning within the new images. Barbed wire and chain hyperlink fence across the property wants restore, in keeping with Realtor.com.
“A large waterpark sitting abandoned in the arid Mojave Desert is an incredibly surreal scene, and it’s great to see people turn it into essentially a playground and guerrilla art gallery for those others who are willing to hop the fence and explore it,” he mentioned.
The abandoned aesthetic made it a gorgeous filming location and it was featured in “Top Gear” Season 5 in 2014 and a Tony Hawk commercial in 2015.
A thrice-doomed vacation spot
The 251-acre Mojave Desert park with was first inbuilt 1962 by native businessman Bob Byers (property data identify him John Byers). He named it after his spouse, Dolores — Lake Dolores Waterpark.
It had waterslides, zip strains, a lazy river, bumper boats and a Go-Kart observe. Legal and monetary troubles shuttered the park within the Eighties, in keeping with Jam Press.
It re-opened as “Rock-a-Hoola” in 1998 with the world’s largest household raft trip on the time, they claimed, however a former worker was paralyzed in a critical accident leading to a $4.4 million judgment towards the park, and buyers declared chapter, in keeping with Jam Press.
It final opened in 2002 as Discovery Waterpark for less than two years. When it closed in 2004, slides had been offered off to different parks whereas different constructions had been left to crumble, in keeping with Jam Press.
It has since traded palms twice between buyers, final promoting for $1.5 million in 2013 — and the proprietor appeared to be set on reviving the property.
“Problems? We have no issues here. The resort is still in the planning stages and leadership being looked into very closely. Be ready…” Lake Dolores employees wrote on Facebook in September 2016. In March 2019, they wrote, “We will once again rise above the tiny grains of sand, and once again become the oasis in the middle of the desert.”
But on Aug. 2, 2021, G & GF Enterprise LLC listed the property for $11 million. The San Bernardino assessor’s office values it at $1.25 million.
“It is so damaged it’s hard to imagine making any functional use of the structures and remains of the old waterpark that are still standing,” mentioned Shaun.
Now, the vendor’s goals have one final likelihood within the type of proposed plans, that are a improvement possibility for the client, although the client would have permission to develop the property for any business use, according to Realtor.com.
“It [could become] some fancy development like the owner is hoping for with listing it for sale, or eventually [it could] just revert to [a] massive lot of sand like much of the other parcels out here,” mentioned Shaun.
Plans embody a lake resort, tenting grounds, a “restored and upgraded” water park, public providers (water & sewer remedy crops, fireplace safety, library, museum, amphitheater) and business and retail area with a resort, eating places, a fuel station, a meals court docket and procuring, in keeping with Realtor.com.
“The state of decay is part of the whole thing, and knowing it won’t exist forever… just makes it something to appreciate if you can catch it in the window of time that it exists in this state.”
Listing dealer Samina Mahud didn’t reply to The Post’s request for remark.