SOUTHINGTON — Lake Compounce plans to add a nearly seven-story tall slide, making it the water park’s largest investment.
The multi-million dollar slide is slated for the area between the wave pool and lake. Marketing Director Amy Thomas said it will be a thrilling ride that’s unlike anything else at Lake Compounce or in the Northeast.
“It’s unique to the area. You can’t find a slide like it in New England,” she said.
The Venus Vortex carries a three-person raft through a dark tunnel before opening into the jaws of a Venus flytrap. The raft is carried through the jaws into a splashdown area. Park officials announced the new slide Monday.
It’s scheduled to open on Memorial Day of next year, along with the rest of the park’s water features. Construction will begin this year, according to Thomas.
“It’ll start right after we close, we’ll start laying the foundation,” she said. “It’ll be our largest investment in the water park.”
Park officials will be updating park fans on the slide’s progress through social media.
Lake Compounce added a new roller coaster in 2016 and bought land for expansion in 2017.
The park straddles the Southington-Bristol line. The new ride will fall in the Southington area and could be a boost to the town’s tax rolls.
Rides and other attractions are taxed as personal property according to Town Assessor Teresa Babon. She said additions to the water park, such as the Johnny Rockets restaurant, fall in Southington.
“The water features are typically all towards the Southington town line,” she said.
Festival Fun Parks LLC, the company that owns the park, pays more than $216,000 in personal and property taxes. The park includes several addresses and properties.
Babon didn’t know what the park may pay in additional taxes for the new ride. Personal property information would be requested in September.
“They’re going to need to let us know if they disposed of any equipment or got anything new,” Babon said.
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