Water Wonderland opened in 1980 and for more than 20 years was the spot for every kid to go to for summer fun in the Odessa/Midland and surrounding area.

A name change to Hero's Waterworld around 1997 could not help the water park, especially since a dried up water supply and too much cost for upkeep eventually led to the closing of the park 6 years later.

Below is a drone's view of the abandoned water park taken about a year ago showing almost 15 years of vandalism and decay of what was once a "water wonderland" for kids of all ages, including this kid.

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