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Genesee planners OK new water slide for Darien Lake

Darien Lake intends to put in place by summer a new six-lane, 298-foot-long water slide.

Amusement park officials confirmed the new water slide is in the works for the 2016 season, but did not provide additional details. Genesee County planners OK’d the project Thursday.

The slide will cost around $1.5 million to build and will replace the out-of-service Barracuda Bay and Flood Gate Falls attractions in the “Splashtown” area of the park, according to documents submitted to the Planning Board. The new slide is known as a KrakenRACER, manufactured by ProSlide Technology, Inc., of Ottawa, Canada.

Information on the company’s website describes the ride as the “newest benchmark for mat racers worldwide (as) guests speed through the dark in braided, twisting tunnels before shooting into the open, multi-bump racing lanes.” It received a couple of industry awards in 2011.

Planners approved the site plan contingent upon Darien Lake’s submission of a revised, “professionally prepared” plan showing the location of the proposed slide, queue areas, pathways and relocated fence, and other structures and equipment.

Planners also recommended that the Town of Darien consult with the Darien Fire Department to ascertain any revisions in access points to the park.