End of the Line for Water Park?
North Augusta’s dream of a water park on the north side is in danger of being scuttled.
According to the Aiken Standard, a Chapter 7 bankruptcy has been filed against Scuttle’s Island Water Park. The park has been planned for Edgefield Road near the Walmart Super Center off Exit 5 of I-20.
The bankruptcy was filed in a federal court. A Chapter 7 bankruptcy is filed in an attempt to collect outstanding debts from a company.
The proposed water park has faced a variety of legal obstacles. Originally designed to be located next to Lights of the South in Grovetown, it was scrapped there after failing to meet Columbia County requirements. It was then moved to the site in North Augusta, with a planned opening date of this past Memorial Day. However, legal proceedings involving the original owner delayed the start. Then in March the land was sold to a man who was convicted of fraud.
No site work ever started and there has been virtually no communication involving officials from Cedar Rock Holdings, which owns the rights to Scuttle’s Island. However, during the summer the Scuttle’s Island website was updated to list the names of various rides and restaurants at the park, fueling hope among some that construction of the park would soon be underway.
Many of the slides for the water park have already been built. Officials had said about $7 million has already been spent on the park. The total cost of the park was estimated at $21 million.
It was designed to be open between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and anticipated drawing 200,000 to 300,000 visitors.