Initially the park was owned by Slideco Recreations with David Enns as its president. After many years of steady growth the park was bought by Yanaco Corporation with Joe Murphy as President and CEO. White Water Wests Geoff Chutter was a great assistance in the design and park layout, the Bucking Bronco, the Whipper Snapper, and the Cork Screw are flumes that are still contemporary and popular. The late Kelly Ogle WWA hall of famer from New Braunfels, Texas, designed and installed our Kiddy play area and Raging River with the help of our project engineer Gary LaFramboise. Both of these attractions are the most popular features in the park. Old fashion for sure but our regular customers tell us in interviews and surveys not to change a thing. With the Raging River we pump about 10,000 gallons of water a minute down the Raging River over moguls and sandbars around steeply banked turns and through what used to be intermediate pools. The river starts in a pool at the top of a mountain over a weir the width of a tube. If the ride operator who is launching the rider just glides the tube into the weir and waits a few seconds for the water to rise, the tube and riders will pop out down the chute.
The park was bought in 2005 at the beginning of the season by Joseph Murphy, sole owner of Yanaco Corporation. Waterworks Park is one of the few Native American owned businesses in the state of California. Joe Murphy was the previous president of Redding Rancheria Economic Development Corporation, responsible for the development and expansion of several major projects in the City of Redding, specifically the Hilton Garden Inn, Win River Mini Mart, and Win River Casino. As a tribal member of Redding Rancheria Joe Murphy is proud of his heritage as a Pit River, Wintu and Yana Indian.