ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A proposed outdoor water park for the Albuquerque area that generated a lot of buzz starting last year appears to be in a holding pattern.
Last June, the Rocky Mountain Fun Factory put up a post on Facebook claiming it was working to open a new outdoor water park by summer of 2017. That stirred a lot of hope in people who’ve been waiting more than a decade since the Beach Waterpark shut its doors following a failed health inspection in 2004.
But in the months since, details have been very limited. The Rocky Mountain Fun Factory website has been down since at least June. Prior to Wednesday, the water park’s Facebook page had not had an update since February. Many users questioned what was going on.
Then on Wednesday, a new post:
I regret to say I will be deleting this webpage, I have no idea if this is happening or not anymore. I am not part of the “project” and have not been for months. My apologies New Mexico! Maybe someday!
KRQE News 13 has learned it was written by Tara McSweeney, a former general manager with the Rocky Mountain Fun Factory who had previously served as a spokesperson of sorts for the project.
Despite that, those representing the project maintain the Rocky Mountain Fun Factory is still very much in the works.
A spokesperson claiming to represent the Rocky Mountain Fun Factory, who would only identify herself as “Elizabeth”, says the group behind the project is still looking at land options and now intends to break ground in late 2017.
“Elizabeth” says the project’s website is being worked on and would “be up as soon as possible.” She also claims the Facebook page was “hacked” and a new one would be up shortly.
When asked about the current status of the project, “Elizabeth” provided the following statement:
Rocky Mountain Fun Factory is still alive, thriving and vital and a force to be reckoned with when it comes to entertainment in the state of New Mexico.
KRQE News 13 reached out to the City of Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, Rio Rancho and the New Mexico Economic Development Department to get a sense of whether anyone with Rocky Mountain Fun Factory had been in contact with them.
Both Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry’s office and city planning said the city had not spoken with the company. Bernalillo County spokesperson Catherine Lopez said nobody with the county was aware of conversations with Rocky Mountain Fun Factory. Angela Heisel, a spokesperson with New Mexico Economic Development, says the department has not spoken with them either.
Annemarie Garcia with the City of Rio Rancho recalls city conversations with the water park group last year, but nothing since.