‘Battle of Lake Erie’ included in expansion plans for local water park

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Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 at 4:48 PM

Waldameer Park and Water World in Erie is continuing its expansion this year with the unveiling of the “Battle of Lake Erie,” a water play structure, based off the famous U.S. Brig Niagara.

This project is the third phase of the expansion of the water park. The “Battle of Lake Erie” water play structure will feature seven water slides, over 100 interactive water features, and two tipping buckets, with one for smaller children, and the other a larger, 400-gallon tipping bucket.

Waldameer President Steve Gorman said the ship is currently being built by ProSlide out of Ottawa. Originally, Waldameer planned to have the construction of the ship done by Memorial Day, but the unveiling date, which will be announced sometime later this summer, has been pushed back to sometime around mid- summer.

Gorman said the theme of the “Battle of Lake Erie” ship will be the War of 1812. He said Erie takes a lot of pride in the battle, because the U.S. Niagara — which was made in Erie — played a pivotal part in the turning point of the war, ultimately helping the Americans defeat the British.

Waldameer is partnering with the Maritime Museum for this project. The ship will feature the U.S. Niagara at the top of the 40-foot structure. There will also be information available for the public on the Maritime Museum, as well as a walkway with interactive audio messages explaining historical locations around Erie and  Erie’s role in the War of 1812.

In addition to the 2017 water world addition, there is a new interactive game, called “The Vault Lazer Maze Challenge,” near the arcade in the park, which features two challenges: one to break as many laser beams as possible, and another to avoid touching the laser beams.

Gorman said Waldameer has already arranged and put down payments on 2018 expansions as well.

A new water ride for adults — called Cannonbowl — should be done by the 2018 season. The ride will be built by ProSlide, as well. 

It will become the third slide next to Awesome Twosome and Liquid Lighting.

In addition to the new water world attractions, Waldameer plans to build a new family friendly children’s ride — Samba Balloon Race. Zamperla, an Italian company, will be in charge of the construction.

The ride will be built next to the cookie counter, where the old “cookie pool” used to be. It will feature eight hot air balloon themed vehicles, seating 32 children total.

Waldameer’s season begins May 6, with operating hours only on the weekends. Waldameer Park and Water World opens full time after Memorial Day and is open until Labor Day.

Anna Ashcraft is a managing editor for The Spectator. She can be reached at edinboro.spectator@gmail.com.

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