By amusementtoday | July 15, 2013
Dallas-based LARC overseeing design and development
CORSICANA, Texas — Groundbreaking ceremonies for the long-anticipated waterpark and family entertainment center planned for the city of Corsicana in Navarro County was held on July 12 at the approximately 30-acre site near I-45 and US Highway 287.
The park includes an existing lake and is scheduled to open in the summer of 2014. Features will include several pools, a wave machine, a lazy river, mat racers, tube and body slides, zip lines, paddle boats, an amphitheater, beach volleyball, picnic shelters, and a water fountain show. In addition, throughout the park will be a variety of food, beverage and retail locations.
The waterpark has been in the planning stage for more than one and one-half years. After seeing another waterpark designed by the company, Corsicana and Navarro County community leaders hired Leisure and Recreation Concepts, Inc. (LARC) to design, plan and develop the Corsicana Water and Adventure Park.
Michael Jenkins, LARC’s founder and prrsident said, “We are thrilled to be working in Corsicana to build a high-quality family water and adventure park. We hope to use as many local contractors and hire as many local citizens as possible, which will help spur economic development for the city and county.”
Jenkins said the park is designed for a longer operating season, approximately 234 days annually, after opening in late summer of 2014. Future phases include a family entertainment center, ropes course, maze, go-kart track, and batting cages.
City Manager Connie Standridge said, “It’s such an important project for the city and community as a whole, especially exciting for the youth of our community and the economic impact for the city.”
Corsicana Mayor Chuck McClanahan said, “We are very excited to have a venue of this type come to Corsicana. It will give young people another healthy activity to enjoy and also give older youth and adult residents jobs, plus help bring tourism to the community. It’s a win-win for the whole community.”
Mayor McClanahan added, “The projected economic impact for the Corsicana Water and Adventure Park is significant. The synergy created by the park will benefit the hotels and restaurants located in the surrounding vicinity, and the park will generate additional entertainment development in the area. The project is estimated to draw in excess of 115,000 participants annually from a radius of approximately 50 miles. The venue is expected to hire over 50 full-time employees. Seasonal employment could reach more than 150 additional part-time workers, projected to generate a total annual sales tax of approximately $297,000.”
As of the ground breaking, the waterpark and other key suppliers for the $9 million facility had not been selected.