Monday, November 21, 2011

What Remains of Styx River Water World

During our family camping trip a couple weeks ago, Isabelle wanted to “go exploring.”  I took her for a walk around the campground and then decided to go over to the old Styx River Water World Park to see what was left.

One of my many childhood memories is that of making an annual summer trip to Styx River Water World.  I remember riding the bumper boats, carrying my mat up the steep hill for the water slide, and the many hours I spent shooting other kids with water in the children’s play area.  I even remember my dad climbing the many steps carrying his and my sled for the Rampage. 

Isabelle and I walked around the desolate area of what was left of the old Styx River Water World.  The entire time, she wanted to know all about what the park use to look like.  While I attempted to describe the former park to her, we took pictures of the parks current condition. (You can click on the pictures to see them larger)

I searched through Google images and found this scanned picture of a brochure showing where the various attractions of Styx River were located.  

Styx River Water World Map

As you can see from the picture below, most of the old structures of the park have been demolished and pushed in to large junk piles.
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There are still a couple of the large fiberglass animals that once adorned the park.  Here are Isabelle and Anna posing with the animals.
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We did discover one of the old speed boats lying in one of the piles of wood.  I remember always wanting to drive the speed boats, but never being old enough.
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This building still has the artwork and disclaimer from the water park.  It housed the bathrooms.   Right across from the bathrooms was the concession stand.  The two buildings use to be connected by a covered dining area. 
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As best as I can remember this picture is taken from the walkway the went by the landing pool from the water slides.  I always hated carrying my mat up that big hill.  As you can see, there are no remnants of the slides remaining.  At the top of the hill, you can see the concession stand and bathrooms.
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This is the covered pavilion that stood next to the Rampage slide.  You can still see the brightly colored picnic tables lined up under the dilapidated structure.
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I think Isabelle and Anna enjoyed the adventure and it was a nice trip down memory lane for me. 

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