A FAMILY-THEMED water park is due to open in central New York, in summer 2007. The park will be located on Randalls Island, at the juncture of the East and Harlem Rivers, under the vast Triborough Bridge. The site is easily reachable by car, bus, bicycle or footbridge from Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx.
City officials hope to attract more than 1.3 million visitors a year to the 168 million dollar 26-acre water park, which will boast water slides rising 80 feet into the skyline. The park, designed by the New York state-based Aquatic Development Group, will include wave pools, action rivers and wading pools, and plenty of slides. A seven-acre indoor beach will give New Yorkers a year-round attraction. “This is good news,” said New York Parks Commissioner, Adrian Benape. “It has the potential to be a huge draw. We hope to be building a park for the 21st century on Randalls Island.”