Plover (AP) – A popular central Wisconsin outdoor water park will not reopen next summer as the owners plan to redevelop the land into shops, restaurants and two automobile malls.
Much of the equipment at Rainbow Falls amusement park already was sold, said Rolly Lokre of Lokre Development in Wausau, which owns the attraction of water slides, wave pool, go-cart track and miniature golf course.
In early February, the Plover Village Board approved the redevelopment plan, but Lokre said it wasn’t immediately known whether the park would reopen this summer.
He confirmed the closing Wednesday after all the redevelopment agreements were signed with the village.
Rainbow Falls opened in June 1988, providing central Wisconsin with an alternative to the larger Wisconsin Dells water parks about 70 miles south. The site once included a retail mall that was torn down several years ago.
Attendance at Rainbow Falls had been falling while insurance costs have skyrocketed, Lokre said.
The new development will feature the auto dealerships on 10 acres of land, retailers within an 88,000-square-foot strip mall, restaurants and possibly other amenities, Lokre said.
The redevelopment plan also includes a bike path and a covered area for a farmers market, he said.