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Wild Island park working on new, four-person slide
by Tribune Staff
Mar 26, 2012 | 2112 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune/Dan McGee - Scott Carothers, general manager at Wild Island Family Adventure Park, points to where the new “Zulu” water slide is being built for this summer’s season. The slide will go over an existing slide and down into a pond close to where he is standing.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Scott Carothers, general manager at Wild Island Family Adventure Park, points to where the new “Zulu” water slide is being built for this summer’s season. The slide will go over an existing slide and down into a pond close to where he is standing.
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SPARKS — Even during a bad economy and as the local children will be heading back to school earlier, work is underway right now on a new water attraction at Wild Island Family Adventure Park, located off Interstate 80 on Sparks Boulevard.

Wild Island has started preliminary construction on a new attraction called “Zulu,” which allows up to four people to race against each other on mats, head first, down four separate lanes with multiple speed bumps to the finish line.

“Zulu is a direct result of our guests asking for a new attraction, and one where multiple people can ride together,” said Scott Carothers, general manager of Wild Island. “When considering the types and styles of rides, having it appeal to families was high on our list, as well as it had to be cool and provide a thrilling rush for all guests.”

Carothers said that planning for the new attraction began 18-20 months ago, and despite the economic downturn and challenges posed by Washoe County School District approving a proposal to start the school calendar two weeks earlier, Wild Island felt it was important to move ahead with the planned expansion.

The ride is the first at Wild Island to accommodate groups of people, so a family or friends can experience the ride together.

“We’re constantly looking for ways to provide our guests with fresh, new ways to experience our water park and receive value for their dollar,” Carothers said. “The local community has been major supporters of Wild Island since we opened, and we felt strongly that continuing to provide a consistent quality entertainment product was a priority for us.”

Wild Island opened in 1989 and employs around 400 people during the summer and 125 year-round at the Coconut Bowl. The water park sees approximately 180,000 visitors each summer

For more information, visit wildisland.com.
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