ProSlide sales grow abroad; Ottawa water park ‘imminent’

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Bolstered by a 40-per-cent increase in its head count, industry accolades and more products sold annually than ever before, the head of water slide company ProSlide Technology Incstill has plans for a water park in Ottawa called Alottawata Water Park.

Guests ride a ProSlide water slide called the "Tornado" at Dreamworld Waterpark in Australia.

“It’s imminent,” said ProSlide president and CEO Rick Hunter. “We continue to make sure we’re advancing the planning of Alottawata, that is absolutely in the cards.”

The already-pushed back target opening date of 2014 might be postponed to 2015, he said, adding that it’s a matter of making sure the economy is ready for it.

The park will be constructed at a site off Highway 416 south of Barrhaven.

ProSlide now has 91 employees – a 40 per cent increase from 18 months ago – and was recently honoured with two awards from the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions. One was for best water park slide, and the other was the IAAPA Impact Award which recognizes the best new product or service out of the 17 total award recipients.

ProSlide is the only company to have won the Impact Award more than once, taking it home in 2003, 2004 and again in 2012.

“It’s like winning a world cup at any sporting event,” Mr. Hunter said. “We’re on the top of our game.”

The winning slide is its HydroMagnetic Mammoth, a “watercoaster” that emulates the high speeds and hill climbs of a roller coaster. It’s the longest watercoaster in the world at more than half a kilometre in length.

Despite a struggling economy, ProSlide sells about 70 products per year to areas including North America, China and the Middle East. Leisure markets are somewhat “recession proof,” Mr. Hunter said, with regional water parks doing well because of staycations.

“People need to have a good day,” he said. “They need to get away from the ‘woe is me,’ and get the family together.”

Ongoing high-profile projects include water slides for Six Flags and Great Wolf Resorts at locations across the U.S. as well as slides and "watercoasters" in Australia, Switzerland and Kuala Lumpur.

In 2010, ProSlide water rides were installed in the iconic Beijing Water Cube from the 2008 Olympics, in a deal worth almost $3 million.

Founded in 1986, ProSlide has won 27 industry awards in the last two decades.

 

Organizations: International Association of Amusement Parks Attractions, Six Flags, Great Wolf Resorts

Geographic location: Ottawa, Barrhaven, North America China Middle East U.S. Australia Switzerland Kuala Lumpur

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  • Kelsie
    June 08, 2013 - 18:35

    I wish they didn't bother announcing it so long ago as it keeps getting pushed back and that is very disappointing to hear each year. Now we have to wait anaother year and a half.

  • Jody
    January 22, 2013 - 14:21

    I hope it opens in 2014, but to me it looks like 2015 at the earliest based on the CEO's comments. If it was 2014 they would have to construct almost everything in 2013 so that everything was ready for testing after the 2014 spring thaw and before a June 2014 opening, and as such they would have finalized plans and started negotiating construction and other contracts by the time of this news article (Nov 2012). Since none of that appears to be going on, looks like a 2015 open.