Hydra-Slide property has sentimental, practical values

Chris Wrinkle, SBJ Reporter

The reason for buying the four acres available at 4634 S. Campbell Ave. (even if I could, at its $1.2 million price tag) isn’t because of its value as land at the intersection of James River Expressway and South Campbell.

The property – with street frontage, a reduced price and a half-acre already leased to a communication tower for $1,000 a month ¬– is on the market, according to an e-mail sent by CDXMail, an Xceligent service.


For potential buyers, the previously mentioned reasons for buying the property could be enough to consider it.

But another reason for buying the land is because of what used to be on it.

It is the former home of Hydra-Slide, a kids’ summertime dream waterslide that was open in the early 1980s.

Whooshing down one of the four lanes was the reward for climbing the seemingly endless hill.

Many afternoons were spent – climb, slide, repeat; climb, slide, repeat – at the waterslide.

So all you potential property investors who might have spent summer afternoons at Hydra-Slide, take notice.

Think about it. How cool would it be to say, “I own the land where Hydra-Slide was.”

Even though the waterslide will have to be torn down, if it isn’t already, just owning the property where it once stood, even at $287,500 per acre, would be nearly worth the cost.

OK, maybe not.

The property is worth more as an investment but the sentimental value of the land where Hydra-Slide stood is worth something to many Ozarkers.

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1 Response to “Hydra-Slide property has sentimental, practical values”


  1. 1 Josh September 1, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    Used to have my birthday parties at Hydra Slide every year. Man that place was great!


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