Silverwood first opened its gates in 1988, but it didn’t receive what some may refer to as its “better half” until 2003. Boulder Beach was much smaller back then but quickly grew. Velocity Peak Speed Slides were added in 2004, a second wave pool, Avalanche Mountain, and Toddler Springs were brought in in 2007, and Richochet Rapids was added in 2011. Since that time, you’ve probably noticed that this beach has become, well… a little crowded. Fortunately, the park has plenty of room to grow. Come next summer, there will be a whole lot of new room to stretch out and explore.
After celebrating its 35th anniversary, Silverwood is embarking on one of the park’s largest expansions ever with the addition of the Emerald Forest at Boulder Beach. Stretching 3.86 acres, the $15 million expansion includes an exciting new thrill ride, a new children’s section, new dining options, and much more. It promises something for everyone in your family.
“The decision to expand Boulder Beach was driven by a deep understanding of the importance of creating unforgettable experiences for our valued guests,” says Stephanie Sampson (the star of “The Silverwood Show” video series.) “We wanted to create a space that not only offered thrilling attractions but also immersed our visitors in a world of natural wonder and enchantment.”
That’s a lot of hundred-dollar words, but just know this – the Emerald Forest is going to be FUN!
One of the new additions is the thrill ride Eagle Hunt, which is sort of a roller coaster and water slide mashed together. Not only will your tube travel down the slide, but it will also shoot up four hills with powerful blasts of water. As an “eagle,” you’ll race not only against the clock but other riders as well. The experience includes 925 feet of slide with four hills, three “flying saucers” navigating the turns, one face-to-face section where you’ll pass your competitor and a shadow effect that will simulate the experience of soaring through the trees near the end of the ride.
Although it will be positioned right next to Riptide Racers, Eagle Hunt will be a lot more than just another racing slide. You get to pick your prey (turtle, fish, squirrel, rabbit, duck, or fox). Each animal has a time associated with it. If you make it down in that time, you’ll catch your prey and earn bragging rights.
Silverwood is earning the right to brag, too. Eagle Hunt will be the West’s first dueling water coaster and the longest one in the United States! And it will be quick, too. It is estimated that up to 720 people will be able to experience this ride each hour. That’s twice the number of those riding the Avalanche Mountain and Ricochet Rapids slides. In turn, this will also shorten the wait times for all of the slides.
Located near Polliwog Park, Salmon Run will feature a splash pad and eight new slides for the younger set ranging in sizes from 36 to 82 feet in length. Each slide will have its own colorful scheme inspired by the fish that swim in Idaho’s lakes.
In front of Salmon Run, you’ll find a big seating area for dining alongside 32 new private cabanas. Each cabana will seat up to six people, with seven more that will be able to accommodate up to 20 people.
To help with the growing lines for food, Boulder Beach will also welcome the Rapids Grill, which is said to serve guests “whitewater fast” – up to 1,200 guests per hour. You’ll also find a beverage bar called Northern Flights. And while not as exciting as the rest of the news, but still necessary, Boulder Beach will get a new restroom, too.
“I think that the best part of all of this is that we really have included everyone in this thought process,” says Jordan Carter, the Director of Marketing and Entertainment. “When planning this expansion, we listened to the feedback of our guests.”
Mark your calendars. The Emerald Forest is slated to open in 2024.
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Jeffrey Totey and his wife live in the greater Seattle area and is a freelance writer and owner of Writer of Pop Culture website which focuses on pop culture, movies, TV, theme parks and more.