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Waterslides: Maybe it’s time to bring them back

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POSTED August 1, 2009 2:28 a.m.
Is it time to bring back the Manteca Waterslides?

With the Big League Dreams sports complex proving the value of having regional recreation draws by luring 300,000 visitors to Manteca in an average year plus show ing no sign of weakness even in the current economic crisis, it might be a wise move for Manteca to invest in a strategy that brings back the infamous Manteca Waterslides.

Mayor Willie Weatherford a few years back suggested such a move to see whether it would be feasible in a true private-public partnership using municipal land adjacent to the BLD complex.

Though nothing has been discussed for awhile about such a move around city hall, other cities that have done similar ventures often provide the land in a long-term lease to make it work. The site also should be eligible for redevelopment agency funds much like the BLD complex which used RDA money.

Imagine the economic juggernaut that a combination of the BLD and a water park would have next door to each other and being just a mile away from Bass Pro Shops would create. The least expensive way to generate economic benefits to an economy is through visitors’ dollars.

A week doesn’t go by that someone doesn’t mention that they have out-of-town friends who want to know when Manteca is going to bring the waterslides back to town.

Manteca – thanks to the Brown family – was the birthplace of the modern California water amusement park. Workers compensation and competition made it go to the wayside a few years and opened the door for Oakwood Shores that was dubbed as a gated waterfront community that ended up morphing into the Mother of All Foreclosures of residential properties in San Joaquin County.

And for the record, the Manteca Waterslides were never actually in Manteca.

Home sells for more than $500K

Here’s some good news on the home front.

For the first time in five months, a resale home in Manteca appraised and closed escrow for more than $500,000.

The home at 11222 Loduca Drive closed escrow for $541,000 on July 24.

It consists of 3,704 square feet of living space with four bedrooms and four bathrooms.

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