SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment plans a June 1 opening for Aquatica San Diego, the Chula Vista water park that it purchased in late 2012 from Cedar Fair Entertainment Co.

A statement said the park, formerly known as Knott’s Soak City San Diego, is being renovated to include rides, up-close animal experiences and amenities resembling those of a beach-side resort. New attractions will include Big Surf Shores, a wave pool with more than 500,000 gallons of water and a large sandy beach.

The park’s HooRoo Run will feature two enclosed and two open-air slides taking riders down an 80-foot descent. Operators are also adding live animals at various locations, including flamingos and freshwater turtles.

The park is located at 2052 Entertainment Circle, off Otay Valley Road. Florida-based SeaWorld operates 11 U.S. theme parks, including SeaWorld San Diego and two other Aquatica parks in Orlando and San Antonio.

The company has not disclosed its purchase price or planned financial investment in the Chula Vista water park renovation.

— SDBJ Staff Report