Luxury homes planned at site of former Manteca water park

A Stockton-based developer is building 480 new luxury homes on the site of the former Manteca Waterslides, once one of the largest water parks in North America.

Beck Properties Inc., is developing the 360 acres with Tuscan-style villas and two artificial lakes. The houses range from $645,000 to more than $900,000 for lakeside properties.

Local farmer R.H. Brown opened Manteca Waterslides in 1974.

At its peak, the water park featured more than a mile of water slides and attracted more than 200,000 visitors per year. It closed in 2004 when the owner could no longer afford to keep it open.

"For a long time, it was the hook that drew people into Manteca, or put us on the map," said Mark McCool of the Manteca Convention and Visitors Bureau. The office still gets calls from people out of state asking about the park, he said.