LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Tropicanoe Cove is currently under construction for the addition of two new water slides. The fiberglass materials for the Mat Racer and Aqua Loop slides arrived two weeks ago from Whitewater West Industries. Construction crews are on site and have begun installation of the new features.
According to a press release, The Mat Racer slide will be 44’ tall, which is six feet taller than the park’s existing Banana Peel tube slide. This new addition is reminiscent of the Big Dipper burlap-sack slide which was located in the same area of Columbian Park. The new slide features parallel lanes that allow Cove patrons to “race” one another down the slide on body-sized water mats, reaching expected maximum speeds of 25 – 27 miles per hour.
The Aqua Loop slide will be 54’ feet tall and features a single translucent tube that is approximately 320’ in length. This slide allows the rider to drop through a “trap door” and attain a speed of up to 35 mph as they travel through a single loop flume.
The construction for the new add-ons is expected to be completed by late May or early June.
Tropicanoe Cove opened in 1999 and will celebrate its 20th anniversary.
Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski stated, “For the past 20 years, Tropicanoe Cove has served our community as a fun, exciting destination for building family memories. The addition of these two new water slides will enrich each visitors’ experience, for residents and visitors alike. We are delighted with these enhancements and remain committed to offering quality recreation options.”
Tropicanoe Cove will open for the season on May 25, 2019. Tropicanoe Cove will be open daily from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. except on Wednesdays when hours are extended to 8:00 p.m. for Family Night, and Sundays when the Cove opens at 12:00 p.m. More information including price can be found on Tropicanoe Cove's website.