Lehigh Valley

Terry Hill Water Park still for sale

UPPER MACUNGIE TWP., Pa. - Massive water parks like Wildwater Kingdom and Kalahari dominate the market here in the Lehigh Valley and the Poconos, but another smaller water park was also part of the picture for decades.

It could be yours for the right price.

If you grew up in the Lehigh Valley, you've probably been to Terry Hill Water Park in Upper Macungie Township.

Owner Durell Shellhamer opened the park in 1968. It was just a pool then, but eventually, someone told him about water slides. It gave him an idea.

"'My god,' I said, 'I got a hill! I got it already here,'" said Shellhamer.

So he built his vision.

He survived, even when Wildwater Kingdom opened, but the 79-year-old owner said he's done.

"I'm losing my eyesight, so I can't keep going anymore," he said.

Terry Hill has been closed since 2014, and for sale to the right bidder for years.

"I have the price tag now at around a million dollars," he said. "Everything as is. We call it lock, stock and barrel."

Presently, it looks a little overgrown, but that's not what Shellhamer sees. He sees a vibrant past, potential for the future, and he wants to see his vision continue.

No matter what becomes of the park, he knows it will be hard.

"The day I turn the key over it's gonna hurt. It will hurt," he said. "Because I have all the memories, all the families and children. They are having fun at what I created. That's about it."

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