With files from Shelby Thom
It’s an announcement that’s likely to bring on a wave of nostalgia and more than a few tears: Tsawwassen’s iconic Splashdown Park will be closing its gates for good at the end of summer.
The outdoor waterslide park posted the news earlier this month to its Facebook page, drawing hundreds of shocked and saddened comments.
An official release says:
“After 33 years, Splashdown Park might be closing its doors for good. The park’s land lease is coming to an end after this season is wrapped.”
In reply to the online reaction, the park says the decision is a sad one, but comes due to the end of its lease, and that there are other plans in the work for the land.
The park is on Tsawwassen Lands, governed by the Tsawwassen First Nation, and owned by a single TFN member. A spokesperson for the nation says so far, the TFN has not received a development application for the site.
The Tsawwassen First Nation is currently in the midst of building the Tsawwassen Mills mega mall on the adjacent property.
Located just off Highway 17 just before the Tsawwassen ferry terminal, the 7-acre park has 13 slides along with a variety of pools and play areas, and has been a major attraction since it opened in 1983.
The move means the loss of the only waterslide park in Greater Vancouver, and operators say there has been no decision on a relocation.
WATCH: 1986 Splashdown Park commercial
You’ll have a chance to get in on Splashdown’s final season from June 4th to September 10th.