Myrtle Waves could get 1st new water slide since 2008

By Maya T. Prabhu, The Sun News

A swim class is held at Myrtle Beach Waves water park.
A swim class is held at Myrtle Beach Waves water park. The Sun News

Myrtle Waves Water Park could get a new water slide in time for Memorial Day weekend if things go as planned for the company that manages the attraction.

Michael Friscia, president of Florida-based Innovative Attraction Management, said the slide – which is scheduled to go before Myrtle Beach’s Community Appearance Board on Thursday – would be the first new attraction at the park since 2008.

“It’s a little premature to announce it, since we’re still working on the engineering and mechanics,” Friscia said. “But if we’re able to do it, it’s going to be a really exciting addition.”

Innovative Attraction Management is requesting a building permit for the new water slide including a stair tower, fiberglass slide, splash pool and new pool/slide equipment shed, according to the CAB agenda.

Laura Thomas with the city’s construction services department said plans submitted with the city show the slide tower standing 39-feet-8-inches tall.

Friscia said the two-person ride attraction would have an open tube.

Friscia said they are exploring a few different locations on the property for the new slide, but the one presented to the city is toward the back wooded area near the Thunderbolts slides.

The park opens on May 14 and Friscia said he would like the new slide to be ready by Memorial Day weekend.

Myrtle Waves has seven slide attractions, according to its website, as well as raft rides and family attractions.

Innovative Attraction took over management of Myrtle Waves last April.