Nick in the AM: Splashdown Water Park in East Peoria won’t open in 2018

The Splashdown Water Park in East Peoria has seen its last splash, at least for the next 12 months.

Increased maintenance costs at the 22-year-old EastSide Centre facility are the major culprit, according to a news release posted Tuesday morning on the Fondulac Park District webpage.

The total cost to open Splashdown in 2018 would be $266,000, including the replacement of a filtration system. That is more than the park district can handle financially, according to the release. Another $220,000 would have to be spent in 2019 to replace

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