ROCKFORD, IL – In the midst of the 2016 summer season, Magic Waters Waterpark, a facility of the Rockford Park District, is busy finalizing renovation plans. Magic Waters Waterpark is committed to continuing to expand and improve the waterpark, and often evaluates and updates a multi-year Master Plan. In April, the Rockford Park District began working with an aquatic design firm on potential renovation ideas for the area surrounding the Little Lagoon. Staff participated in concept design discussions, researched industry trends, and gathered feedback from advisory committee members, citizens, and through online surveys. “Citizen ideas and user feedback is very important, and helped determine what should be included in our Master Plan. Through our research, users ranked the AquaLoop as the number one waterslide they would like to see at Magic Waters Waterpark, so we are moving forward with bringing this next wave of fun for our guests to enjoy in 2017,” said Rockford Park District Executive Director Tim Dimke.
Since the Rockford Park District took ownership of Magic Waters Waterpark in 1988, the District has either added a new feature or enhanced existing pools, water slides, or other on-site amenities nearly every year. The last major addition was in 2012 when the Double Dare Drop was unveiled. In addition to adding the AquaLoop, the District also plans to upgrade the Little Lagoon by completing various surface improvements, adding soft play water toys, and new tot slides that will allow parents and their children to ride together.
Tonight, the Rockford Park District Board of Commissioners approved a contract to FGM Architects in the amount of $213,050 to complete design services associated with the Little Lagoon upgrades and the new AquaLoop waterslide. In December 2015, the Rockford Park District Board of Commissioners approved the initial authorization for the sale of General Obligation Bonds in the amount of approximately $3,500,000. The net cash proceeds were approved to help fund continuing work on a multi-year Master Plan for the waterpark that includes updating Little Lagoon and a new waterslide.
Magic Waters Fast Facts
• 43-acre waterpark, 10 waterslide features
• Pineapple Bucket – Holds 1,000 gallons of water
• Free parking and one cooler/food container per family is allowed into the waterpark
• Staff – 335 seasonal and full-time
• Customers – 41% resident; 59% non-resident
• Attendance in 2015 – 186,334
Please note, the below conceptual drawings are still being developed, final renderings will be revealed later this summer.