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Sprawling water park planned in Fort Lauderdale

Schlitterbahn site includes former spring training home of New York Yankees
May 23, 2014 12:45PM

Aerial rendering of Schlitterbahn Water Park

Aerial rendering of Schlitterbahn Water Park

An enormous water park is being planned at the former spring training home of the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees in Fort Lauderdale.

Schlitterbahn Waterparks envisions the park and numerous luxury suites on about 64 acres west of I-95 between Commercial Boulevard and Cypress Creek Road. The company, whose name is German for “slippery road,” expects the complex to open by 2017. As planned, the park would be more than twice the size of Rapids Water Park in Riviera Beach.

“Fort Lauderdale has so much to offer,” Gary Henry told the Sun-Sentinel. Henry’s family owns the company. “My goal is for that visitor to stay an extra day or come from a little bit further away.”

The site includes the old Fort Lauderdale Stadium and Lockhart Stadium, where the Fort Lauderdale Strikers professional soccer team plays its home matches. [Sun-Sentinel]Eric Kalis