Ravine Water Park in Paso Robles is in expansion mode.
In its seventh year, the park off Airport Road will add a waterslide to its list of attractions, improve one of the on-site restaurants and install more cabanas, said Brett Butterfield, one of the park’s three owners.
“It will be a multi-person slide with multiple lanes,” Butterfield said of the new thrill ride. “It will be 53 feet tall, taller than any slide that we have out there.”
While the park already has several places to eat, Butterfield said there would be healthier choices at the lower restaurant by the kid’s camp.
“There will be things like fish tacos and salads,” he said. “Our plan is also to put in lots of plants, fountains and wireless. You can bring a laptop, and have a nice ahi salad and wine in a glass. It will be a comfortable place to hang out while the kids play, and you can have something besides a burger.”
The improvements, he said, are on top of those already made last year, when the park opened a tiki bar, another cabana area and added live music on Saturdays.
Butterfield said the additions are paying off, noting that the park has sold 6,000 season passes so far this year, up from the usual 2,500 in recent years. Season passes are priced from $79.99 to $119.99.
He said he didn’t know yet what the total investment would be to make the improvements, but he added that the park, which employs about 150 people, is making money and is profitable.
“We’re ecstatic about how it’s doing, and we’ve probably survived as rough as it was going to be,” said Butterfield. “We’re taking it up a notch and trying to make it nicer.”