The Thrilla at Manilla gets an upgrade.

If your dad ever waxed a playground slide with a potato chip bag for you when you were a kid and then your little sister got mad at him because she flew off the end and landed in the dirt on her behind and he still tells that story—well, then you know how much difference a good waxing makes. This spring, the two long, twisting flume slides at Marilla Pool—dubbed The Thrilla at Marilla when they opened around 1990—got a professional wax job. An interior gel coat means swimmers will fly farther into the pool than anyone remembers them ever flying. The exteriors got a high gloss upgrade, too. Season passes with slide access are the way to go this summer. 304.296.8356,

Pam Kasey
Written by Pam Kasey
Pam Kasey has traveled, brewed, farmed, counseled, and renovated, but most loves to write. She has degrees in economics from the University of Chicago and in journalism from West Virginia University. She loves celebrating Morgantown and West Virginia as executive editor at New South Media.