Offbeat

By Josh Saunders


These hilarious snaps show the moment a swim-loving tourist turned up a DECADE too late to a washed-up water park that’s been abandoned for years.

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Once a thriving family attraction for waterslide lovers, the Rock-a-Hoola Waterpark in Newberry Springs in California, USA, now lies derelict and dried up.

Travel photographer Corey Kennedy, 26, from Rancho Cucamonga, California, decided to commemorate the site by grabbing his snorkel, armbands and inflatable crocodile for a series of amusing shots.

The waterpark was initially built as a private resort in the 1950s before opening to the public a decade later.

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The site underwent a multimillion dollar restoration, with hopes of restoring it to former glory, under its new Route 66 themed facelift but closed in 2004.

Corey, an IT specialist, said: “My aim was to document an anachronism while exploring a place I had always wanted to see.

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“I believe everyone needs to retain that childlike innocence and sense of awe to find themselves and break out of routines.

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“I wanted to have fun and express a humorous side to an otherwise depressing situation.

“They depict a sense of what being in an anachronistic situation would feel like with all sorts of emotions and scenarios you wouldn’t really imagine being in.

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“My favorite pictures include those in front of the water park sign, the inflatable alligator, and me on the slide and steps.

PICS BY COREY KENNEDY / CATERS NEWS

“The location itself is what urban explorers must-see, since you have the entire water park to yourself.

“I wish I was able to visit years ago, when the hill in the back had the large slides on them still.”

The waterpark was the setting for singer Aluna George’s music video for ‘Mean What I mean’ last year.

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Corey decided to visit the site as part of a New Year’s resolution and took the hilarious shots on his own with a tripod.

Corey said: “I have driven past the water park for nearly two decades on the way to Las Vegas from my home in Southern California.

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“It always caught my eye and peaked my curiosity was a child when I would drive by.

“I never thought too much about it until this January when my New Year’s resolution was to visit a new landmark or site within California every other week.”