Missouri Water Ride Set a World Record then Closed after Tragedy
When it opened, this Missouri water park set a world record. Sadly, that joy would cease years later when it closed after a tragedy that took the life of a young boy.
What was known as Schlitterbahn Waterpark Kansas City broke ground in September of 2007. The Wikipedia page recalls that it featured "12 water attractions, 3 restaurants, and 2 shops". One of those rides that was added years later was Verruckt at Schlitterbahn which in German means "insane" which opened in 2014. It was confirmed to set a world record for the world's tallest waterslide.
In August of 2016, 10-year old Caleb Schwab was killed when his raft went airborne. 2 other women who were on the raft with Caleb were also seriously injured. The park would close and eventually reopen, but the ride never would.
The ride that caused Caleb's death would be dismantled not long after the tragedy. The waterpark itself would remain open through the 2018 season, but never opened its doors in 2019. There was a report this year that the former park was now being developed into a Margaritaville recreation place.
It was an attraction in Missouri that had so much potential. Now, the hope is that the new Margaritaville will become a place that will help some of the sad memories of what its predecessor caused. As of this writing, there is no estimation on when the new attraction might be ready for the public to enjoy.