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    Cascade Falls in Ankeny (new water park)

    Took my son there yesterday as we were out of town over the weekend. Holy crap that place is HUGE and my kid loved it. However, is it just me, or does that place seem like the biggest waste of money when it's only going to be opened 3 months out of the year?



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    Re: Cascade Falls in Ankeny (new water park)

    Where is that at? Has anybody been to the new water park at Adventureland?



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    Re: Cascade Falls in Ankeny (new water park)

    Quote Originally Posted by SuperCy View Post
    Where is that at? Has anybody been to the new water park at Adventureland?
    Far west edge of Prarie Trail.



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    Re: Cascade Falls in Ankeny (new water park)

    Yes, it is huge and awesome. And yes, it is a huge waste of money.




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    Re: Cascade Falls in Ankeny (new water park)

    Quote Originally Posted by garn91 View Post
    Took my son there yesterday as we were out of town over the weekend. Holy crap that place is HUGE and my kid loved it. However, is it just me, or does that place seem like the biggest waste of money when it's only going to be opened 3 months out of the year?
    I hate to give the planners too much credit, but I would assume they established a business plan, and model to account for the seasonality of that type of business. If they didn't, whatever financial institution that funded the loan most certainly did.........


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    Re: Cascade Falls in Ankeny (new water park)

    If they can make money and the community uses/likes it, I think its a win.


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    Re: Cascade Falls in Ankeny (new water park)

    considering how much they are charging for admission including raising the season pass cost, I don't think they will lose money.

    Plus, it was built with seed money from Albaugh. For every dollar the City spends on infrastructure in Prairie Trail, Albaugh puts money in a slush find for the City to spend on other projects in Prairie Trail



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    Re: Cascade Falls in Ankeny (new water park)

    Quote Originally Posted by SuperCy View Post
    Where is that at? Has anybody been to the new water park at Adventureland?
    Was there last week. It's fun. The new tube slides are cool. The lazy river and the other new slides that are under construction look pretty sweet. My 5-year old had a blast.


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    Re: Cascade Falls in Ankeny (new water park)

    Quote Originally Posted by flynnhicks03 View Post
    Was there last week. It's fun. The new tube slides are cool. The lazy river and the other new slides that are under construction look pretty sweet. My 5-year old had a blast.

    Waterparks will never be able to make money in the midwest.


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    Re: Cascade Falls in Ankeny (new water park)

    Quote Originally Posted by linkshero View Post
    I hate to give the planners too much credit, but I would assume they established a business plan, and model to account for the seasonality of that type of business. If they didn't, whatever financial institution that funded the loan most certainly did.........
    It's owned by the city. It doesn't need to be financially viable or else they would never build libraries.




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    Re: Cascade Falls in Ankeny (new water park)

    Quote Originally Posted by psycln11 View Post
    considering how much they are charging for admission including raising the season pass cost, I don't think they will lose money.

    Plus, it was built with seed money from Albaugh. For every dollar the City spends on infrastructure in Prairie Trail, Albaugh puts money in a slush find for the City to spend on other projects in Prairie Trail
    I knew that Albaugh donated the land for Cascade Falls, but would assume the city was responsible for building it (I don't recall there being a bond issue vote on it).



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    Re: Cascade Falls in Ankeny (new water park)

    Quote Originally Posted by garn91 View Post
    I knew that Albaugh donated the land for Cascade Falls, but would assume the city was responsible for building it (I don't recall there being a bond issue vote on it).
    Edit: It was 9 million.




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    Re: Cascade Falls in Ankeny (new water park)

    Wilderness Territory (Glacior Canyon Lodge) in the Dells is awesome, stay in a suite. so much to do and mostly indoor.



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    Re: Cascade Falls in Ankeny (new water park)

    sorry for bumping an old thread, but for those in Ankeny, if you are planning on going to Cascade Falls this weekend, i'd get there early, otherwise, you'll be walking.

    I took today off from work for a father/son day with my son and the 2 of us were there shortly after 12pm and it was all I can do to find a parking spot in the lot. After 2 hours, my son was asking to go to the pool at Prairie Ridge because it was soooooooo packed, he wasn't having fun....he spent more time standing in line for the boards, slides, and to get a tube for the lazy river.



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    Re: Cascade Falls in Ankeny (new water park)

    Quote Originally Posted by garn91 View Post
    Took my son there yesterday as we were out of town over the weekend. Holy crap that place is HUGE and my kid loved it. However, is it just me, or does that place seem like the biggest waste of money when it's only going to be opened 3 months out of the year?
    How is this any bigger of a waste of money than any of the aquatic centers in Des Moines that also have slides and lazy rivers?



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