Oakbrook Terrace water slides had good ride in 1980s

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I remember being 10 years old and so excited when a friend called with the invitation.

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#41
Jul 10, 2009
 
Cicero Unga wrote:
They were not 800 feet high.
No, they were not. But nowhere in the article does it say they were.

It said there were two 800 foot slides, which would indicate a length of 800 feet, not a height of 800 feet.

Comprende?
InTheDark

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Jul 10, 2009
 
Conservatives cant read wrote:
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Mt. Trashmore is in Warrenville!!!
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"Warrenville continued to be a center for recreational activities into the late twentieth century. In the 1970s Mount Hoy, nicknamed Mount Trashmore, was created by combining refuse and soil into a hill that became popular for tubing. Blackwell Forest Preserve, a popular recreational area, excavated land to create Silver Lake in 1977. The remains of the Warrenville Mammoth were discovered in the site of the lake."
Seriously, how many old landfills do you think go by the name Mt. Trashmore? They probably number in the hundreds
The Warrenville one is the one I remember going 'snow tubing' on during the winter.

But I'll agree there must be hundreds of landfill 'mountains' that got the nickname, "Mt. Trashmore."
dorts282

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#43
Jul 13, 2009
 
does anyone remember the name of the one that was in crestwood, cause i remember going there in the 90s, i may have go to the Oakbrook ones as well but more familiar with Crestwood one
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#44
Jul 15, 2009
 
The whole stretch of Rt 83 back in the day was great!! Dispenza's Castle of Toys, Kiddie Kingdom, Ebeneezer's...the go-carts! Wow. Those were great times.
The water slides were concrete and you could go down on big foam mats. In groups if you like, a whole bunch of your friends in a big mass! Ahhh..
It's always fun intil the lawyers get involved , then the fun is spoiled.
Great memories for sure. Too bad things change....
Kurt E

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#45
Jul 15, 2009
 
Your article on Clayburn Robinette brought back some fond memories, as I grew up in west Elmhurst (and I live there today). However, a segment of Robinette's history was not included. Back in the late '50s he operated the Robinette Trout Farm at the site. I remember it being a series of ponds that were stocked with trout, catfish, and other species. You would pay a small fee to fish in one of the ponds, and if you caught a big one you won a nice prize. My dad used to take my brother and I there when we were about 5 or 6 years old.
Ben C from Riverside

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#46
Jul 16, 2009
 
I remember working at an Immediate Care facility on North Ave and Rte 83. Almost daily in the summer, we would have to care for someone who hit their head somewhere on the slide and opened up a laceration on their brow, scalp or elbow. No wonder the slide had to close. But it was way too much fun!
Shields Up Captain

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#47
Jul 18, 2009
 
Oh God. Back when things were simple.

Could you imagine the self loathing and delays the Illinois liberals would put us through if somebody tried to open a water park on top of a trash dump today?

Old 83 before Wal Mart was great. There was a driving range there too. I used to live at those batting cages and go karts when I was a kid in little league baseball.
Mark

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#48
Jul 18, 2009
 
Wow, great story about an old school landmark. I grew up in Downers Grove and used to love going to the slides as a kid. For the longest time it was just the two slides but for some reason i recollect them adding significantly more slides on the other side of the hill towards the last few years.
Way back machine

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#49
Jul 19, 2009
 
Here's a link to a photo the Trib. does have posted.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/chi-wh...
ernest t bass

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#50
Jul 20, 2009
 
went there in HS with a buncha fellow OPRF Huskies. Two carloads of beer soaked goofs that had to pack into one after my buddy snapped the front axle on a borrowed '69 Riviera on the frontage road that bends slightly as you had to work your way out of there toward what is the Wal-Mart now. Good times.
Chrstine

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#51
Jul 21, 2009
 
OMG!!!!! Having grown up in North Riverside this article really caught my eye... There were so many fun places to go in the '80's... Old Chicago, Adventureland, Santa's Village, Playland Park, Kiddieland, Kiddie Kingdom and yes "The Flame" water slides.....Wow, we all were lucky kids....Wish there were places like that now thatI could take my children to.....
Fond Memories

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#52
Jul 24, 2009
 
This picture says it all. http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/chi-wh...

This is exactly what we would do, go down the slide in one big group, but during the night time hours when the crowd was mostly us older high school kids. I believe it would stay open until 11pm! It was so much fun! But here's what I remember...In August 1987, we had BIG storms come thru which flooded this area. And from what I remember, that entire Water Slide area (near Salt Creek) was all under water. And I believe the Slides were then closed the rest of that summer...For some reason, I had thought this had closed the Slide for good, but I could be wrong. Here's something I found on the web: "In August of 1987, the Salt Creek drainage area of approximately 117 square miles experienced a period of intense rainfall. More than 13 inches fell in four days"
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#53
Jul 26, 2009
 
Oh my goodness! I loved that waterslide! I only went down it a few times but I loved it! The walk up the hill was a killer for a little girl back them!
Explorer

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#54
Jul 29, 2009
 
I went exploring up on that hill too. I am very disappointed at the condition of those slides!!! Weeds and overgrowth everywhere, peeling surfacing, dirt filling one of the big slides up to it's rim in one spot, saplings sprouting between big broad cracks in the slides. Someone needs to contact the Park district of Villa Park and Oakbrook Terrace and tell them about that hill!
Explorer

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#55
Jul 29, 2009
 
JEP wrote:
Wasn't there a couple more slides than just the two? I have vague memories of going to a water park in the mid 80's and there being a couple of slides on a hill. I had completely forgotten the place until I went to Elmhurst College and while driving down Route 83 I saw the remnants of the slides among the tres and thinking "I've been there, I think." Now I'm going to have to ask my parents since I remember there being more than just two slides.
Right now, there are actually 7 slides total. The 2 large winding concrete slides, 2 flat racing slides, 2 tube drop slides, and 1 kiddie type slide shaped like a W. All 7 slides are unusable, cracked, peeling, have weeds and saplings growing between the cracks, some are filled with mud and dirt, all of them are obviously filled with leaves and twigs. There is also a wading pool there that is a total wreck.
Explorer

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#56
Jul 29, 2009
 
A set of photos of the old water slide can be found at; http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikebrown3506/se...
Explorer

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Jul 29, 2009
 
Fond Memories wrote:
This picture says it all. http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/chi-wh...
This is exactly what we would do, go down the slide in one big group, but during the night time hours when the crowd was mostly us older high school kids. I believe it would stay open until 11pm! It was so much fun! But here's what I remember...In August 1987, we had BIG storms come thru which flooded this area. And from what I remember, that entire Water Slide area (near Salt Creek) was all under water. And I believe the Slides were then closed the rest of that summer...For some reason, I had thought this had closed the Slide for good, but I could be wrong. Here's something I found on the web: "In August of 1987, the Salt Creek drainage area of approximately 117 square miles experienced a period of intense rainfall. More than 13 inches fell in four days"
I also went there when I was little, but I remember everyone riding down the big concrete slides in yellow inner tubes. Also, it does appear that the insides of the big concrete slides were also lined with a half inch thick rubber lining that would have prevented injury to anyone who made contact with the slide walls and/or the slide floor.
Ree Kavok

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#58
Jul 30, 2009
 
Conservatives cant read wrote:
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Mt. Trashmore is in Warrenville!!!
Quote:
"Warrenville continued to be a center for recreational activities into the late twentieth century. In the 1970s Mount Hoy, nicknamed Mount Trashmore, was created by combining refuse and soil into a hill that became popular for tubing. Blackwell Forest Preserve, a popular recreational area, excavated land to create Silver Lake in 1977. The remains of the Warrenville Mammoth were discovered in the site of the lake."
Seriously, how many old landfills do you think go by the name Mt. Trashmore? They probably number in the hundreds
"The Warrenville Mammoth" (?) was not found at the site of Silver Lake in Blackwell Forest Preserve - it was found during the excavation of McKee Marsh, which although part of Blackwell, is in West Chicago.
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#59
Jul 31, 2009
 
I believe only two or three of our six children traveled somehow from Riverside to Ebenezeer's when it first opened. Everyone loved it, but when one of our daughters developed a bone tumor in her pelvis, she good-naturedly blamed the "bumps" at the water park. I don't think they were the cause of her illness, but it shows how an amusement park weaves itself into life's memories, for good or not.
lemming

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#60
Aug 1, 2009
 
dorts282 wrote:
does anyone remember the name of the one that was in crestwood, cause i remember going there in the 90s, i may have go to the Oakbrook ones as well but more familiar with Crestwood one
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