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Splash Amarillo Waterpark
Location Amarillo, Texas, United States
Opened May 2000
Closed 2016
Previous names FireWater Waterpark
Operating season May through August
Pools 2 pools
Water slides 6 water slides
Website Official website

Splash Amarillo Waterpark was a family-friendly waterpark located in Amarillo, Texas. It was originally built as FireWater Waterpark in May 2000. It sat on a 13-acre (53,000 m2) site just half a mile down Interstate 40 from the Big Texan Steak Ranch. Attractions consisted of a 14,000-square-foot (1,300 m2) wave pool, 845-foot (258 m) long lazy river, a tower housing six separate slides, kids pool, and kids play tower. It also features a gift shop, concession stand, volleyball courts, and an arcade. It closed in 2016, and all the slides will be relocated to a new park in Plainview called Royal Splash Texas, which will open in 2017.

History

Construction

Groundbreaking for the formerly named FireWater Waterpark began on May 7, 1999. It was constructed at a cost of $3.7 million on a 21-acre (85,000 m2) site, but it itself would only cover 13 acres (53,000 m2) of the complex. Missouri Valley Inc. of Amarillo was the general contractor of the project. The construction was completed well before the set opening date of May 6, 2000.

Bankruptcy

FireWater Waterpark came under scrutiny in 2002 after it failed to repay loans taken during the original construction of the park. While park president Gary Abramson claimed to be in the process of securing long-term financial backing for it, Satana Corporation sued it for $2.16 million. The suit claimed it signed a promissory note and that investors even ignored written payment demands sent directly to them. Eventually, it was forced into bankruptcy after Missouri Valley Inc. filed a bankruptcy petition. It was reopened in May 2003 under completely new management and ownership and renamed Splash Amarillo.

Fire

In July 2009, the park experienced a fire inside a building which houses lockers, dressing rooms, restrooms, a concession stand, and maintenance room. Over 200 park patrons were forced to evacuate after witnesses reported a water heater had caught on fire. The fire caused over $70,000 in damage after spreading from the first floor to the attic. Park president Paul Johnson claimed that the building was not insured. As of June 2011, it has been refurbished and is functioning again.

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