Schlitterbahn, Cedar Fair enter $261M water park sale deal

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FILE – In this Oct. 30, 2018, file photo, crews dismantle the Verruckt waterslide at the Schlitterbahn water park in Kansas City, Kan. A Texas-based water park company has sold two of its attractions and given the buyer the right to acquire Kansas City water park site where a 10-year-old boy was killed nearly three years ago. Schlitterbahn on Thursday, June 13, 2019 announced the $261 million agreement with Cedar Fair Entertainment to sell a water park and resort in New Braunfels, Texas, and another property in Galveston, Texas. Sandusky, Ohio-based Cedar Fair will also have the right to buy the company’s Kansas water park for $6 million in cash. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas-based water park company on Thursday announced an agreement to sell two of its attractions and will also give the buyer the right to acquire its Kansas site where a 10-year-old boy was killed nearly three years ago.

Schlitterbahn said in a news release it sold a water park and resort in New Braunfels, Texas, and another property in Galveston, Texas, to Cedar Fair Entertainment Co. in a $261 million deal. Sandusky, Ohio-based Cedar Fair also will have the right to buy Schlitterbahn’s Kansas water park for $6 million in cash.

“While it’s a difficult decision, after several challenging years, we believe that our team, communities, guests, and fans are going to enjoy what lies ahead,” Schlitterbahn said in a statement.

The deal comes after Schlitterbahn remained mum on its plans for the Kansas City, Kansas, park where Caleb Schwab was decapitated in August of 2016 on the 17-story Verruckt slide. The raft he was riding on went airborne and hit a metal pole.

Caleb’s family received nearly $20 million in settlements and two women who were seriously injured while riding with him settled for an undisclosed amount.

Verruckt — German for “crazy” — never reopened and was torn down last year.

Prosecutors filed criminal charges against Schlitterbahn co-owner Jeff Henry, the designer of Verruckt, the park’s operations manager and two maintenance workers, alleging that shoddy planning and maintenance led to Caleb’s death. But the maintenance workers were acquitted in October, and a judge dismissed charges against the other three in January citing improper evidence.

Cedar Fair President and CEO Richard Zimmerman said in a statement the properties from Schlitterbahn represent new markets for Cedar Fair in the growing central Texas region.

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