Columbia River TubingThere are two developers looking to build water parks in the Tri Cities and both are proposing plans in the next couple of weeks. The first plan to make the headlines was proposed by a man from Orlando, FL, Jim Hale. Hale is looking to build a 27-acre water park, Bahama Bay, in Pasco, he went before the Pasco Planning Commission today, January 21, to get a special permit for having slides that exceed the height limit for Pasco buildings. Hale's park would include a lazy river, water slides, pools, a gift shop, a concession stand, locker rooms and go-kart features. The other developers Mike Hillman and Dave Schlott-hauer, Brother-in-laws and owners of Kennewick's Columbia Basin Satellite, have been working on a plan to build a water park in the Tri Cities for nearly three years. Shark Reef would be built in Kennewick off of 395. The park would be about 23-acres, with a bowl slide, three intertube slides, mat racers, three speed slides, a giant children's area, a lazy river, a wave channel, spa pools, and other features. Guests would be greeted by a large tank with live sharks at the entrance and the landscaping would include palm trees. Shark Reef would have daily passes for $15 and seasonal passes and group rates available. Hillman and Schlott-hauer are hoping to open the first 8-acre phase by summer 2011 with the second 15-acres phase opening in 2013. An agreement for the land has already been signed and it is zoned right so no special permits are needed, the only thing Hillman and Schlott-hauer need to get the appropriate permits from the city. Posted by Colleen Lane on
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I AM SOOO Excited!!! This post was in there any updates to the progress on both these parks?!

Posted by Victoria West on Wednesday, April 14th, 2010 at 8:49am

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