Club Lake Ahoy

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Club Lake Ahoy was a water park situated within a man-made lake located in current day Chesapeake, Virginia. Many of the amusements contained in this park would by today's standards be considered dangerous. Huge metal towers with high dive platforms and Zip-cable rides over twenty feet high in the air dotted the lake.

It has since been acquired by the City of Chesapeake and is under review for redevelopment as a City park.

Features[edit]

Club Lake Ahoy was a recreational facility unlike any other. A man-made lake that was outfitted with activities that were not found in any other pools or water parks. There were numerous sliding boards of various heights like you would find in any park, with water jets at the top to make them extremely fast. You could go down head or feet first and skim across the water. Several cement platforms that rose a foot or so out of the water were also part of the lake. They could be used to take a breather on or for diving. A merry-go-round ride was also a big hit. You could swim onto it and use the metal wheel in the middle to turn it faster and faster until people could no longer hold on and slid back into the water. There was also a huge diving well with blue cement walls and some very high diving boards. The water was approx. 20 feet (6.1 m) deep in the well. Rounding out the attractions in the water was a zip line that ran from the top of a wooden tower down to the water.

August 2009 - Club Lake Ahoy was a privately owned facility located in Chesapeake, Virginia. The man-made lake was essentially a gigantic swimming pool...concrete base with sand that was trucked in and placed on the bottom. The water was supplied by an artesian well. There was a small sandy beach around 3/4 of the lake. The main building housed a snack bar, pool tables and various video/pinball games. At the front of the property was a playground that consisted of wooden see-saws and huge swing sets. There was a trampoline installed for a short period of time as well. The rear of the property had a bath house/restrooms. Adjacent to the lake was a large ranch home that the lake owners lived in. Membership was private and entrance into the facility was solely at the owner's discretion. The owner eventually sold the property and the lake was drained. For a period of time, you could drive back to the lake and see the metal slides and cement platforms standing sadly in the lake. It was eventually filled in by the City of Chesapeake.

Controversy[edit]

In 1995, Nelson Harvey Jr. died at Lake Ahoy. The details of his death are not publicly known.[1]

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Coordinates: 36°48′14″N 76°24′01″W / 36.8039°N 76.4004°W / 36.8039; -76.4004