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Campground closing last public waterslides in south Okanagan

Osoyoos Campground and Waterslides will be renamed following a decision to close the campground's waterslides after 40 years of operation.
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February 17, 2021 - 6:30 AM

After 40 years in operation, the last public waterslides in the south Okanagan are closing.

Osoyoos Campground and Waterslides owner Nadia Slovak says the campground has decided to remove their waterslides.

“They are too much work and too much responsibility. Last year, it took nearly the whole season to get insurance, so we decided to pull them out and expand our campground,” Slovak says.

Slovak has operated the campground with her husband Tony for the past 18 years. The resort had five waterslides in total: three large slides and two smaller slides. The slides were built in 1981.

She says the slides were very busy, "almost overwhelming," but after mounting regulations and restrictions regarding their operation it was becoming too hard to please everyone.

“Too many people were demanding... We'd had enough, but we will still be running the campground,” she says.

The age of the slides was another issue. Nadia says they were going to need substantial repairs and maintenance.

Nadia believes the Osoyoos campground's waterslides were the only outdoor ones remaining between Salmon Arm and the U.S. border.

“We're sorry because so many people will miss them. They were very popular with kids and families all over the south Okanagan,” she says.

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