Ron's Log

Ron's Log

Posted on 06/11/2011


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Cloverleaf Water Park satellite view

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Stephen Landreth
Stephen Landreth
Cloverleaf was open for about 2-3 years, around 87-88. The admission was only $5, so it was. The big cloverleaf shape was a huge shallow wading pool. The parking was the area near the road. There were two different areas with slides. Just to the right of the cloverleaf pool (in this picture) were the waterslides for small children. Then, (at the far right of the cloverleaf pool in this picture) when you walked around the path and up the hill, were the waterslides for big kids and adults. The grown-up waterslides were very long and windy. At the time, it was often mentioned that cloverleaf had the longest enclosed waterslide in the country. I also remember that you could see the dozers processing trash from where the big slides were. There were also a lot of ants.
6 years ago.
Ron's Log has replied to Stephen Landreth
Thanks for the info!
6 years ago.
Stephen Landreth
Stephen Landreth
This is from Google Earth Historical Imagery. Gives you a better idea of the layout. It says the date of this picture is somewhere around September 1995.

The entire area inside the square outline that surrounds the cloverleaf and areas to the right of it was mostly grass and the rest was landscaped desert. The park was designed with massive amounts of concrete. There was everywhere either as a barrier, or table, or wall, or structure, or whatever. Just lots and lots of concrete.

Inside square outline only: The cloverleaf pool was only about 2 feet deep all the way around. The circle surrounding it was all concrete. The little rectangle touching was the circle was the admission office and snack bar. The part of the upper right of the square with all the dots in rows were little changing cabanas made from cast concrete walls and roofs. Below and to the left the smaller rows of dots were picnic tables, and I think restrooms. The squiggly lines in the bottom right were kiddy waterslides, but everyone was allowed to ride.

To the far right of the park. This was the area with the big waterslides. I think there were 3 or 4; one was considerably longer than any of the others. They were all very long and very windy though. To get there, you had to walk along the white trail, which was unpaved. If you didn't bring sandals, you were guaranteed to have burned feet by the end of the day.

The white area at the upper part was the parking lot. it was unpaved.

Admission was only $5. Sometimes less if you were part of a group. I remember going with my fifth grade class from Katherine Finchy in 1986. I think we each only paid $2 each that day, and the school arranged for air conditioned Sun Buses to take us instead of school buses.

The park also sponsored parties on holidays. On easter, they had a huge easter egg hunt in the grass around the cloverleaf pool. They had hundreds and hundreds of easter eggs and easter baskets.

It was initially received as being better than Oasis Waterpark (now Knotts Soak City.) But after a few years, the novelty wore off, and parents didn't want to keep going up the hill with the trash trucks and occasional down draft from the city dump. I think there was also a safety concerns with young drivers on the windy road up the hill.

Too bad it didn't last. It was a really fun place.

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