PLEASANTON -- There will be no more slipping and sliding at the waterslides at Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area.
An East Bay Regional Park District committee recommended Thursday a permanent shutdown and dismantling of the Pleasanton slides.
The district had sought bidders willing to fund reconstruction of the aging slides but got just one bidder, who needed parks money to make it happen.
Harvest Family Entertainment, a Texas firm that runs water parks, had proposed a larger water park where the slides are now.
"They wanted us to cover 80 percent of the capital development cost," said operations committee member Ayn Wieskamp, who represents the area on the committee. "We have no such
"They were envisioning a much larger attendance, and it would overwhelm the neighbors and the park," she said. "It just wouldn't work, which is too bad."
Wieskamp said park staff will next devise a plan to remove the waterslides and take down the hill. The hill was built for the slides and has become seismically unstable, she said.
Because the park board previously approved a land use plan for Shadow Cliffs, the slides issue won't need to return to the board, said Jim O'Connor, the district's assistant general manager for operations.
"Next steps for staff will be to determine a funding source for demolition and removal of the slide complex and to implement the park facility recommendations" from the land use
There is no funding at this time for those projects, he said.
The four-flume slides have been popular with young children, families and youth groups since they were built in 1981. The district closed them last year after concluding they needed about $885,000 in safety, structural and other renovations.
The slides attracted at least 25,000 paying customers per summer season and provided 35 jobs for youths.
"We will miss the waterslides because this is a hot area," Wieskamp said. "But we certainly do not want to have a facility there that is not appropriate."
Reporter Denis Cuff contributed to this story. Contact Jason Sweeney at 925-847-2123. Follow him at Twitter.com/Jason_Sweeney.