White Water Bay plans to add two new water slides to the park — the largest expansion in two decades.
The Cannon Bowl and Pipeline Wave are expected to be ready when the park opens for the 2013 season, said White Water Bay General Manager David Riddles. Park officials are securing permits for the rides and hope to begin construction in a couple of weeks.
The last major addition to White Water Bay, 3908 W Reno, was the Big Kahuna in 1992.
“Our loyal guests were ready for a new ride and we are excited to offer them two,” Riddles said. “We're long overdue.”
Both slides will be built in a single structure and will share a staircase, he said.
The Cannon Bowl is a two-person double tube ride with a 41-foot drop; riders experience a steep decent into the bowl, where they revolve around the perimeter before being dropped through a corkscrew exit. On the Pipeline Wave, two riders sit face-to-face in a tube, where they slide through tunnels and to the top of banked curves. The ride is 201-feet long and also has a 41-foot drop.
The structure will be located on the northeast side of the park near the Bermuda Triangle. The volleyball courts will be relocated for the project, which includes additional shaded lounge areas. Riddles declined to disclose construction costs.
Competition heated up with two new water parks opening in the state last year: Andy Alligator's Water Park in Norman and Water-Zoo in Clinton. Andy Alligator's, at Interstate 35 and Indian Hills Road, has a lazy river, toddler splash zone, four-lane mat racer slide, double tube slide and private cabanas. The Water-Zoo, the state's first indoor water park, opened in the fall and is adjacent to the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites.
White Water Bay's sister park, Frontier City, last year opened Wild West Water Works, a $3 million water attraction with eight slides and a 1,000-gallon tipping bucket.
Riddles said those developments weren't a factor in White Water Bay's decision to add rides.
“We're still the largest water park in the state and we try to set the trends,” he said.
White Water Bay opens May 18 for the 2013 season. One-day admission is $34.99 for adults, up from $25.99 last year. Double park season passes, which include Frontier City, are $69.99.