Creepy Abandoned Waterpark Goes on Sale

Creepy Abandoned Waterpark Goes on Sale

( – If you conduct a Google search for “Lake Dolores Waterpark,” you will see a map indicating its location off Interstate 15 in Southern California’s Mojave Desert. You will also see a red-banded notice from Google indicating the facility is “permanently closed.” There is an option to “suggest an edit” if you think that information is incorrect. As it turns out, the famous waterpark is going up for sale.

Considered America’s first waterpark, Lake Dolores hit the market in August with a healthy $11 million price tag. Texas-based G&G Enterprises Construction Corp acquired the property in 2013 for $1.5 million, intending to redevelop the park as a roadside attraction.

In March 2020, G&G obtained approval from San Bernardino officials to revitalize the land. However, it appears the company later gave up on the project, as a realtor listed it for sale on August 2.

The park has suffered several setbacks since its 1962 opening and ended up closing its doors three times over the following decades.

Unable to compete with more modern attractions, the park shut down in the late 1980s. It reopened as Rock-A-Hoola Waterpark in 1998 but quickly fell into debt. It went bankrupt in 2000 and closed again shortly after one of its employees, James Mason, suffered a paralyzing injury after crashing into a barrier at the base of a water slide after hours in May 1999.

The park reopened for a final time as Discovery Waterpark in 2002. However, the memory of Mason’s tragic accident lingered, and it closed for the last time in 2004 after the park paid him a $4.4 million settlement.

The park has made a couple of screen appearances since then. Top Gear featured it in a 2014 episode and famous skateboarder Tony Hawk used it as the setting for some stunts that appeared in a Mini Cooper commercial in 2015.

Will the noted park return for a fourth time?

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