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Santee Lakes Cable Wakeboard Park Development Canceled

The anticipated wakeboard and waterski cable park at the Santee Lakes is no longer in development.

The ’s Board of Directors voted Tuesday at their that they would discontinue development of a cable ski and wakeboard park at the .

In 2008 Padre Dam entered into an agreement with Sudweeks Development LLC to develop and operate the park, with an originally anticipated opening date of spring 2011. But, mostly due to the in-availability of financing in the current economic situation, the developer said it was unable to proceed with the project. Sudweeks requested a settlement in the matter, according to Padre Dam.

The cable ski park would have operated like a chair-lift on a mountain, using a "horizontal cable suspended on towers and propelled by solar powered electric motors to pull water skiers and wakeboarders around a lake." Such parks are common in Europe and Asia, but only five exist in the United States. The Santee park would have been the only one west of Texas, according to Padre Dam.

“We saw the cable ski park as a new and exciting family recreation opportunity, and as an innovative use of recycled water for recreation, which is what Santee Lakes is all about,” said Padre Dam’s General Manager, Allen Carlisle.  The project included a restaurant, pro shop and recreational beach area, as well. 

Plans for the park went so far as to be approved by the Santee City Council in a close 3-2 vote under some vehement criticism by residents in 2008, after being approved by the .

The water district released this statement: "At this time, Padre Dam MWD has no plans to pursue another developer for the Cable Ski Park at Santee Lakes. District staff and the Board will continue to evaluate and consider recreational opportunities for the benefit of the community."

Santee pond scum March 24, 2011 at 07:10 PM
What? They couldn't find anyone to finance a cable ski park in a sewage treatment pond, maybe they should of considered a LOG ride.
AvgJoe March 24, 2011 at 09:55 PM
People are so horribly misinformed about things sometimes. The water for the ski park would have been from the well water they have on site. The lack of knowledge in the general public about toilet to tap is astounding too, people are so afriad of toilet to tap water so it makes me happy to let tell them that all the water you ever drink has been fully processed through many digestive tracks way before you where ever a thought.
thedefchef March 25, 2011 at 03:11 PM
It's a bummer.... A lot of people worked their butts off to get that thing approved. I guess the old farts that don't want Santee to "change" are happy about this.
sluggo March 25, 2011 at 03:15 PM
I'm SO glad this was cancelled. This was a cockamamie idea that would have benefited a relatively small number of enthusiasts (and of course the park owners) at the expense of the majority of Santee residents and visitors. In the future, let's avoid spending Padre Dam's rate payer dollars and water department energies on non-essential issues. Focus on reliably providing clean water to Santee at the lowest cost possible. Everything else is just a diversion.
Bobbie Burness March 25, 2011 at 10:57 PM
I am disappointed, a lot of people were looking forward to this project...just because it was different doesn't mean it wasn't a good idea. And I can't see how it would have hurt Santee in any way. Any money generated for Padre Dam could lead to lower rates for residents. Drawing people to Santee for something that can't be found anywhere else leads to much needed City Revenue.
Jen March 27, 2011 at 06:57 PM
Am I understanding this correctly, the developer couldn't acquire financing so they want Padre Dam to give them money? Can I file a lawsuit against Sudweeks if they receive a settlement? Our water rates are already on the rise, the last thing we need is PD raising our rates to cover a settlement to some clout-less developer.
Steven Bartholow (Editor) March 27, 2011 at 08:38 PM
From what I understand, and I'll try and clarify this with Padre Dam, but Sudweeks was at fault for not being able to finance the project and had to settle with Padre Dam. I am rather sure Padre Dam wasn't forced to pay anything out to Sudweeks.
Michael May 17, 2011 at 04:11 AM
What a bunch of NIMBYs! Not In My Back Yard. What would this world be like if the NIMBYs won over Thomas Eddison. We would all be in the dark. What about the Hover Dam? No water, no electricity. Before you judge you should know the facts. The project was to be powered by solar. It would have brought big sporting events to the economy. Generated revenue. And the water was to be chlorinated "potable" water. Per the requirements of health and safety. How bout we just go back to caves and animal hides. Jack asses.

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