Cedar Fair doesn’t acquire KCK’s Schlitterbahn, but officials still ‘cautiously optimistic’

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Schlitterbahn remains in limbo after the possibility of being acquired by Cedar Fair closed Tuesday.

Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, which already operates Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun, purchased other Schlitterbahn parks in Texas back in June. With the deal, the company also had the option to buy the KCK park with 120 days to exercise that power.

That option's deadline was Tuesday, and the company chose not to buy the park.

Katherine Carttar, director of economic development with the Unified Government, told FOX4 her staff remains "cautiously optimistic," despite the decision.

"Our number 1 goal is looking at any possibility that it can still be a water park," Carttar said.

In April, FOX4 first reported that it didn't look like the park would open in 2019 despite silence from the owners. Several ride permits were set to expire in the middle of the summer and tickets were not available for the KCK location.

This all followed several years of turmoil after several employees were charged in the death of 10-year-old Caleb Schwab who was killed on the Verruckt. Those charges have since been dropped. The Verruckt water slide has also been torn down.

Government officials will remain looking into other options for the space, but its future at the moment is far from certain.

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