I had given up on ever getting a chance to visit this busted up abandoned waterpark. The last time I researched the facility I found numerous reports of new owners coming in, fencing it up and arresting anybody that dared to enter. It had fallen off my radar until I drove by it this morning. Since there’s no easy turn off once you pass it heading towards Vegas, it took me 15 miles after I passed it to make my decision.
I figured I would probably have a better chance of evading security on a Thursday morning at 5:30am than at any other time, so I flipped a bitch and made my way back towards the park.
As I pulled up along the frontage road [all the original parking lots were fenced off] I noticed another car parked nearby. I could tell the kid (probably in his late 20’s but that’s a kid to me) inside wasn’t a security guard so made my way in.
As soon as I entered, the kid in the car followed me in. I instantly realized that he was acting reluctant because he was a tagger [backpack filled with cans] and was obviously a little sketched out about getting caught. I let him know that it didn’t look like we had anything to worry about since the place was wide open and there didn’t appear to be any ‘No Trespassing’ signs. My words appeared to calm his nerves and we both went on our separate ways.
It was apparent that ROCK-A-HOOLA was in pretty bad shape. The last time I saw photos of it was last year after New York Graffiti Crew, Trusto Corp, worked their magic on it. Most of the work they did has either been buffed out, tagged over or destroyed.
It has been the site of three different amusement parks – including one called “Rock-a-Hoola” that blasted visitors with ’50s-era rock ‘n’ roll – all of which eventually shuttered.
Why you ask? Here’s the deets: “In 1999 an employee of the park used one of the slides when the park was closed, and the catch pool didn’t have enough water in it. He became a paraplegic in the accident and was awarded a $4.4 million payoff. It was a contributing factor in the demise of the waterpark. The theme park struggled for six years under three different owners, finally closing for good in 2004. While the slides themselves are gone, the property still sports acres of retro-futuristic buildings, empty pools and canals.”
Get your party on MILO.
Anna Marie was kind of cute.
Mr. tagger decided to work on this building but I left before he finished so I’m not quite sure how it turned out. He looked a little cracky and on his way to EDC, so I’m sure it wasn’t his best work.
Trusto Corp Skull Remnant
It really is a SIN.
TITS – Those stands on the hill used to hold the slides.
I like the way this building is aging. Bonus points for the opposing Jesus vs Satanic tags.