— Six Flags Great America, the Thrill Capital of the
Midwest, has received the last vote from the Rock Valley College approving the final of 11 real
estate tax abatements on the Magic Waters property. Six Flags Great America now has the
necessary approvals to begin managing Magic Waters Waterpark near Rockford, Illinois. The
leasing agreement will officially begin on April 1, 2019 and will allow the largest regional theme
park company in the world and the largest waterpark operator in North America to bring its
unique and innovative brand to Rockford.
Magic Waters Waterpark, a 43-acre facility, 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 to add Magic Waters Waterpark to the Six Flags family of parks and continue to
foster a great partnership with the Rockford Park District,” said Six Flags Great America Park
President Hank Salemi. “We look forward to the many opportunities we will have with Magic
Waters and the community. We can now offer tremendous added value to guests of Magic
Waters by including Six Flags Great America and Hurricane Harbor in their Magic Waters
Combo Season Passes.”
Six Flags Great America plans to begin the hiring process for the newly acquired waterpark in
the New Year.
“Privatizing Magic Waters Waterpark was something our community told us should be a priority
to achieve. I cannot think of a better organization to partner with than Six Flags Great America
as they have been outstanding to work with and our mission, vision, and service expectations
align. They are the industry experts and will have more resources to invest in the
waterpark. The District will now be able to invest its limited resources into our communities’
priorities for 2019 and beyond such as parks, paths, free family events, and youth,” said
Rockford Park District Executive Director Jay Sandine.
Magic Waters and Six Flags Great America Combo Season Passes and Memberships are on
sale now. Guests will enjoy the benefits of a Season Pass or Membership at Magic Waters
Waterpark and receive free admission to Six Flags Great America and Hurricane Harbor located
in Gurnee, Illinois.