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Pump repairs will impact slides at DragonLand this summer

PEKIN, Ill. (HOI) — A pump failure at Pekin’s DragonLand Water Park will limit the recreational options available this summer.

The pumps operating the large body slide and the tube slide failed. DragonLand’s original builders decided the pumps were damaged beyond repair and will need to be replaced. The repairs will take several months.

The pool and small Dragon Slide will remain open.

Because of the loss of the slides, admission to DragonLand will be dropped to $4.50 per person. Kids under age three will be free.

The pool will open for public swimming on May 25 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., 7 days a week.

The Pekin Park District said the pool liner and plumbing in the pool are in good condition, but the mechanical system is in need of replacement. The park district said it is exploring ways to revamp DragonLand’s mechanical system after this season, and repair the water slides. The approximate cost is estimated between $550,000 to $600,000.

The Pekin Park District said it is looking to fund the repairs while maintaining the current tax levy and rates. The project would be funded through the Pekin Park Foundation or by issuing bonds.

Several options for summer swimming have closed in recent years. The Fondulac Park District closed SplashDown in East Peoria, and the Peoria Park District closed Lakeview Family Aquatic Center.

Tim Shelley

Social Media & Digital Content Manager

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