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Six Flags to operate Magic Waters Waterpark

A lease agreement has been approved by the Rockford Park District Board of Commissioners allowing Six Flags Entertainment Corporation to operate Magic Waters Waterpark from spring 2019.

This lease agreement is expected to be signed in the near future, and allows the largest regional theme park company in the world to bring its brand to the Rockford market.

Magic Waters Waterpark, a 43-acre waterpark located in Rockford, Illinois, has been owned and operated by the Rockford Park District since 1988. The park features a wide array of tube slides and body slides, an expansive children’s play area, a 1200 ft. lazy river and Tsunami Bay, Illinois’ largest wave pool.


“We are excited about the prospect of welcoming Magic Waters to the Six Flags family of parks. This is a fantastic property that complements our theme and waterpark in Gurnee and provides tremendous added value for our Season Passholders and Members. We look forward to sharing the thrill of Six Flags with guests of all ages in this important market.”

– Hank Salemi, six flags great america park president


“The Rockford Park District has always had a strong culture of collaboration,” said Jay Sandine, Rockford Park District Executive Director. “Partnering with Six Flags means great things for our community and will enhance the experience for local families looking for affordable family fun. By having the Six Flags brand in this market, we expect a major increase in tourism, which will have significant economic impact for our community. Six Flags will continue to make capital investments in the waterpark, which frees up District resources to invest in our communities’ priorities such as parks, playgrounds, and youth.”

– Jay Sandine, rockford park district executive director

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