The Wet Adventure Park was one of Cagayan de Oro’s top attractions during the 1990s.

Located right at the corner lot along the National Highway and RN Pelaez Boulevard in Kauswagan, it was by far the most accessible tourism related development in the city. It also sits right beside a golf-driving range.

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Right inside the facility were a complex of architecturally designed amusement pools with landscaped gardens and slides. This kind of development was never before seen in the city and it became a crowd drawer and a hit among local residents. The city-owned Lawndale Spring located in Taguanao was the only other similar resort facility but it was a just the usual square-type pool and was just too far from the city proper.

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Aside from the pools, the management of Wet Adventure Park added a live band to play music to the delight of its customers. It was like the CDO version of the wet-n-wild music jam sessions in America seen only on TV.

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However, the late-night pool parties became a subject of complaints from adjacent exclusive residential subdivisions. Loud music from the park became a nuisance and live band playing was prohibited … and soon it was closed.

Wet Adventure Park was a good development but it was just located in the wrong place. The Promenade (commercial arcade) and portion of SaveMore parking lot now occupy the lot.

And now the question: When can a similar type of development be seen again in the city? Perhaps the answer is right in nearby Opol – right location, accessible and far from exclusive residential subdivisions – and something is cooking. (LINK)

interior photo is web-find and other photos from dipolognon.com

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