ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Albuquerque’s only water park is going away for good.
The giant water slides at the hotel along I-40 are hard to miss. “Everybody knows the water park; everybody knows immediately it’s on Carlisle and I-40. Because either people have come here with their kids before or they just knew it was here,” says Jeff Bentley, Bentley’s Auctions.
What’s become Albuquerque’s only water park will soon be gone for good. “Everything is going to go, down to the four walls and roof,” Bentley says.
In the past decade, the hotel has undergone many name changes including the Radisson, Hotel Cascada and the Wyndham Hotel. Now, it will be converted into an apartment complex.
“The owner is exploring all kinds of options. What is most important about this project is what he wants to do is create an asset for the community,” says Architect Kent Beierle.
The water park known as the ABQ Surf n Slide has been dried up for the past two years, now all of the equipment is up for grabs. “All the waterslides, the dumps, the flow rider all that will go to one person,” Bentley says.
Bentley’s Auction hosted an online auction Monday night including hundreds of items, from the old hotel-like restaurant equipment and furniture.
The water park sold during Monday night’s online auction. The giant water slides along I-40 will soon be removed. The water park sold for $54,000. That included three water slides, a large bucket waterfall, a lifeguard locker room and much more.
Once everything is cleared out, “I believe the new owner is going to make this into a gym for his patrons at the apartment complex he’s building,” Bentley says.
The online auction ended at 7 p.m. and was open to the public.
A few years ago KRQE News 13 showed viewers what became of the Beach — Albuquerque’s water park that used to sit along I-25 and Montano. The water slides went up for auction after the park went under about 15 years ago.
The city of Santa Rosa quietly scooped everything up for $200,000, hoping to build a water park by a lake out there. Neighbors weren’t enthused by the idea and the dismantled water slides have sat in piles along the I-40 in Santa Rosa since then.
Correction: In a previous version of this story, it said the online auction started at 7 p.m. That is incorrect. The online auction ended at 7 p.m.
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