The pressure to compete is tough and several
well-established waterparks are struggling. The owner of
Splash Down Dunes, which opened in Porter, Ind., nearly two
decades ago reportedly is facing bankruptcy. He may sell
the park or liquidate assets piecemeal.
Summer 2008 was the last for 28-year-old Shawnee Place
Play and Water Park in Pennsylvania’s Pocono
Mountains. Texas Water Rampage had been in Lubbock for more
than 20 years until it was closed in 2008 due to a lack of
funds for renovations. Marking what may be a
best-case-scenario for other struggling waterparks, new
owners reopened it in 2009 as Lubbock Water Rampage.