Irvine Water Park to Open June 20, Sells Out of Season Passes

By John Fredricks
John Fredricks
John Fredricks
John Fredricks is a California-based journalist for The Epoch Times. His reportage and photojournalism features have been published in a variety of award-winning publications around the world.
June 7, 2022 Updated: June 7, 2022

IRVINE, Calif.—Just outside decommissioned aircraft hangars that once housed fighter jets of the former Marine Corp. Air Station El Toro, construction vehicles move truckloads of dirt across the landscape.

Behind them, towering, brightly colored water slides enter the final stages of construction on what will be the future site of Wild Rivers, located at the southeast corner of the Great Park.

With a proposed launch date of June 20, the water park has already sold out of season passes that went on sale in the Fall of last year.

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Construction enters the final phases of Wild Rivers water park in Irvine, Calif., on June 2, 2022.(John Fredricks/The Epoch Times)

Twenty acres for the water park will be leased by the City of Irvine with a base term of 35 years, with up to another 35 years in extensions.

The water park, which began construction on July 7, 2021, will have 20 rides, 3 restaurants, and 20 water-themed attractions, including raft rides, drop slides, body slides, a lazy river, and the Shaka Bay wave pool—a 25,000 square-foot pool for park guests to enjoy the novelty of man-man waves.

Wild Rivers’ development costs are listed on the city’s website as being $60 million. The water park will employ 1200 team members annually.

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Construction enters the final phases of Wild Rivers water park in Irvine, Calif., on June 2, 2022.(John Fredricks/The Epoch Times)

This will be the Wild Rivers’ second launch in Irvine.

The first water park, formerly located near the Irvine Spectrum in what is now the Los Olivos Village, closed after 27 years of operation on Sept. 25, 2011, after its lease expired.

Over the course of its operation, the water park hosted 10 million guests and was the largest youth employer in Orange County.

“We are excited for the years ahead and look forward to welcoming you to our brand-new home,” Wild Rivers’ website reads.

“See you all very soon!”

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Construction enters its final phases at Wild Rivers water park in Irvine, Calif., on June 2, 2022.(John Fredricks/The Epoch Times)
John Fredricks is a California-based journalist for The Epoch Times. His reportage and photojournalism features have been published in a variety of award-winning publications around the world.