Johnny Blevins, president of the Splash Kingdom Wild West waterpark coming to Hudson Oaks, said the park will be a good neighbor and have a ripple effect on the amount of tourism dollars brought into the city.
Blevins used a conservative number of 100,000 guests at the park. Guests normally spend $22 at the water park, which would equate to $2.2 million a year, he said. Many of those guests are expected to come from out of town. Statistics show that each of those guests will spent about $90 on food, lodging, gas and other essentials outside the city, Blevins said. Each one of those dollars will be spent four times around the city, based on tourism standards.
The park will be built on 10 acres just west of the City Lights Theatres with options for an additional five acres, which Blevins plans on using for expansion soon. He told the business leaders he plans on closing on the land in the next week and beginning construction Nov. 1. He said he is still is shooting for a Memorial Day weekend opening.
Phase 1 of the park will include a wave pool, a lazy river, large children’s area, a multi-slide tower, picnic facilities for corporate events and a small outdoor amphitheater. The park will have five or six full time employees and around 140 seasonal workers, Blevins said.
Deen said the water park will be an anchor for “many things coming to fruition” from a business standpoint.
“At the same time the water park will be under construction, City Lights Theater will be expanding by four screens,” City Administrator Sheri Campbell-Husband said. “Eventually it will be known as City Lights Theaters — Hudson Oaks which is big for us.”