LAKE GEORGE — Water Slide World, the iconic Lake George water park that didn’t reopen last year after its founder’s death, is closed for good.
Owner Dawn Koncikowski said Thursday that she does not plan to reopen the park and is instead trying to sell the water park equipment that sits on the park property, and then sell the land.
She did not list a timetable nor a price for which the land is being offered.
“We aren’t going to open. My plan is to sell the equipment and the land,” she said during a brief phone interview.
LAKE GEORGE — Water Slide World, the Lake George water park that has been a summer staple in the region for decades, will not open this summer…
Koncikowski had run the park with her husband, Gary Koncikowski, for nearly 40 years before Mr. Koncikowski died last May at the age of 70. She announced on the business’ former website last June that the park would not reopen in 2018, but at that point did not close the door to reopening in the future.
The park opened in 1979 on land that formerly housed a drive-in movie theater, and in 1984 the park was billed as the first in New York with a “wave pool.”
The family tried to sell the park in 2004, asking for $5.3 million as they considered retirement, but did not find any takers and kept it running through the summer of 2017.
With a wave pool, lazy river, children’s splash park and at least eight water slides, the park was at one point a trendsetter in the amusement park world. But as newer, modern parks and indoor parks became more prevalent, it had begun to show its age and need for updating in recent years.
A sign on the property indicates it is available for sale and lists one of Mrs. Koncikowski’s phone numbers but no real estate agent. Water Slide World’s website is also no longer active.
Lake George Supervisor Dennis Dickinson said he had heard rumors that the water park would not reopen, but town officials had not officially heard the news from Mrs. Koncikowski.
He said he was not surprised by the decision, as running the park would be difficult for her without Mr. Koncikowski. He was the park’s main mechanic, and the couple were on site at the park virtually every day it was open.
“She and Gary were such a dynamic team,” Dickinson said.
Dickinson said the property, which sits at the intersection of state routes 9 and 9L, has significant potential for redevelopment. He said it could be a prime spot for a convention center, which many regional tourism leaders contend is needed to help the Lake George area’s year-round economy.
“It’s a great location,” he said. “It’s a big lot and has access to two roads as well as water and sewer (service).”
The park sits on just over 12 acres on three lots owned by GSK Ltd., according to Warren County property records. The properties are assessed at just under $2 million, with the water park included.