IRVINE, Calif. — Finding a new home for Wild Rivers in Irvine has been a labor of love and a test of patience for owner and operator Mike Riedel.
For more than 10 years, Riedel has lobbied city officials for a new home in Irvine for the iconic water park after its lease with the Irvine Co. ended in 2011.
“There were always moments,” said Riedel. “It certainly was not an easy road. But I had always felt it was going to happen.”
What You Need To Know
- After closing its doors in 2011, the Wild Rivers water park is coming back to Irvine
- The new $60 million park will be built on a 20-acre parcel at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine
- The original Wild Rivers opened in Irvine in 1986 but was closed and demolished after the Irvine Co. didn’t renew its lease in 2011
- Wild Rivers owner and president Mike Riedel never gave up hope on finding a new place to rebuild Wild Rivers in Orange County
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