COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho -- As you make your way through Coeur d'Alene on I-90 there are a few things that might catch your eye other than the lake. One of them includes a large decrepit waterpark just off the freeway.
For years, Wild Waters attracted people from across the Inland Northwest. The water park has been closed since 2010 and is currently for sale.
A look at the sign along Government Way in Coeur d'Alene gives a glimpse at what Wild Waters is like now. There's chipped and fading paint. There is also a sign that says the land is for sale. There are also clear no trespassing signs.
The closest KREM 2 was able to get to Wild Waters was up to a gate. We saw some stray cats and just a glimpse of what lied beyond.
A video was uploaded back in 2016 by a YouTube user named "Adam the Woo." He has several videos on his page of visiting abandoned places. What he found at Wild Waters certainly was not surprising. There was graffiti, weeds and decaying signs. A far cry from it is popularity years ago.
KREM 2 tried calling the realtor listed on for sale signs twice, but he never called back. Attempts to contact the owners of the park were not successful either. KREM 2 did reach out to both the city of Coeur d'Alene and the Chamber of Commerce. Both said they were not aware what, if anything, has happened with Wild Waters in recent years.
Court documents do provide some insight though. Records show that in 2011, a year after the park stopped operating, vandals broke in and caused nearly $500,000 in damages. Wild Waters' insurance provider denied a subsequent claim, which sparked a legal battle between the two sides in federal court. The insurance company eventually came out on top.
KREM 2 was able to learn that as of Thursday, Wild Waters has sold some of its equipment. A co-owner of Slidewaters, a water park in Chelan, said that they are in the process of buying some of the pumps. In previous years, they have bought other equipment as well. KREM 2 asked that same person what it would take to try to get Wild Waters up and running again. His answer was simple: It would take a "significant" amount of work.
If some other business were to buy the land, it is safe to say they would have to deal with a lot of clean up.
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