section of the former Waterfall Park is in the process of being cleared
of debris and concrete, however no plans are currently in place to make
any other changes to the property at this time, according to the Dare
County Planning Department and the on-site construction crew.
section being cleared is a roughly 42,000 square foot area on the
soundside of N.C. Highway 12, which is adjacent to the more than 3,200
square foot white home that is across the street from Trade Winds
Drive. The clearing has removed a portion of the parking area and race
track that was originally in front of the soundfront home.
former Waterfall Park extends to both sides of N.C. Highway 12, and
once featured two waterslides, multiple race tracks, bumper boats, a
bungee jump platform, and a miniature golf course, among other
features. In its heyday in the 1980s and 1990s, Waterfall Park in
Rodanthe was one of the busiest places in northern Hatteras Island,
with billboards that stretched all along U.S. Route 158 and other roads
that lead to the beach.
Park began its downfall when the U.S. economy took a turn for the worse
in 2007, and business fell while local land values plummeted. The park
had not been in operation for several years by the time Hurricane Irene
hit Hatteras Island in August of 2011. The epic storm surge off the
Pamlico Sound that accompanied Irene did an incredible amount to damage
to homes and businesses in the tri-villages, including Waterfall Park.
the owners and the country worked together in the mid-2010s to conduct
safety repairs on the property, this recent clearing is one of the more
large-scale projects to revise the property in recent years.