OAKLAND -- East Bay residents could once again get wet and wild at Shadow Cliffs in the near future.
A committee of the East Bay Regional Park District agreed Thursday to consider reopening the Pleasanton water slides after getting an optimistic estimate on what it would take to repair the attraction at Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area.
Water Ventures, a Lake Forest-based company, did the analysis in August and estimated the cost of upgrading and renovating the slides at $885,100.
According to Jim O'Connor, the district's assistant general manager, the company is more than willing to help find developers and a new operator for the water slides who would cover the costs.
Talk of saving the slides is a welcome development after the district sought out multiple firms that refused to look at Shadow Cliffs because the project was considered too small to be profitable.
"The slide water park can be reopened," a written report from Water Ventures stated, "but only after completing systematic and expensive repairs to the slide, its mechanical equipment, plunge pools, decks, fences and electrical gear."
Water Ventures also offered to prepare a request for proposals document for the district's Operations Committee for a flat fee of $6,800. The document would be the same one presented to potential developers and operators for the water slide park.
The committee is expected to review
Word that the park may be able to reopen first got out in June, when Pleasanton residents and officials came together to push for the preservation of the local landmark.
The park district closed the privately built and operated slides this summer after inspectors from several agencies said substantial renovations were needed in the slide foundations, surface, electrical and water systems, bathrooms and other amenities.
Regional park officials have estimated repairs could cost anywhere from $1.4 million to $6.5 million. However, the previous operator had estimated the cost for the job to be less than $300,000.
The park district has said it can't afford to make the repairs itself.
At its peak, the water slide park attracted roughly 27,000 visitors in 2005 and brought in $345,000 in revenue in 2008.
"Obviously (Water Ventures) saw promise and possibilities here," committee member Ayn Wieskamp said at the meeting Thursday. "Let's see what happens." Contact Katie Nelson at 925-847-2164 or follow her at Twitter.com/katienelson210.