Akron developer wants to build water park resort south of Cleveland

Posted | Contributed by Jason Hammond

An Akron-area businessman wants to build an indoor and outdoor waterpark, 175-room themed hotel and conference center off Interstate 71 near Lodi in Medina County. Tim Sanford, who owns Sanford Quality Wash, is seeking a zoning change for property in Harrisville Township near the Prime Outlets retail mall to construct the entertainment complex, called Aqua Paradise.

Read more from The Akron Beacon Journal.

If done correctly, this could work. It's about a 1/2 hour from Akron, an hour from Cleveland, and 1.5 hours from Columbus. There are a lot of people that are within easy driving distance to this place. The only thing that I see as a problem is that there isn't anything else that is a draw to this area.
This could work. It's also not far from SnowTrails ski resort, which could make our winter trip more fun.
The Prime Outlets is a big draw. That place is mobbed every time I drive past it. Don't forget the cities of Medina, Ashland, Mansfield and Wooster.

One hour from Geauga Lake...err Wildwater Kingdom. :)

Rihard's avatar
Actually, I don't believe that the outlets are Prime anymore. On my last few trips by the property, I noticed that Prime had been covered over on the sign.

Maybe they're not doing so well after all.

How far is this place from GL?
Jeff's avatar
Ashland? Yeah, those are hardly the target market for people spending money. I went to school there, not exactly a real high income area.

The I-71 corridor from Cleveland to Cincinnati is one of the busiest highways in the country. When they're finally done (I think in 2010), it was supposed to the longest stretch of six-lane interstate anywhere in the US. (Technically, it does drop to a single lane at the 71/70 interchange in downtown Columbus.) It makes a lot of sense to develop anywhere on that freeway in the long run, though I wouldn't want to be first on any of the more rural exits.

^^^You are right. Prime ditched it.

^^I didn't know that about I-71. Good info.

Wow, this won't be good for GL's WWK if it's still open by the time this place is built.*** This post was edited by Parker17 11/13/2007 4:59:59 PM ***
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I doubt an Indoor Water Resort would have a big effect on an Outdor Water Park.
It says in the article its going to be an out door waterpark to.

To answer crashmando's question...its about an hour, if even that away from the park

The mayor's one of the developer's consultants? Nice.
There are a few upper-middle class towns around this area. I bet there are a lot of families more willing to go to a water park when it's only a 15 minute drive, as opposed to a 1 and a half hour drive to Sandusky. Hopefully this works out...I've been getting sick of people talking about rumors of a Cabela's that's "coming soon" for quite some time, just as the article said.
The outlet mall has been far from "Prime" for a long time. Many of the good stores have left, and it really isn't what it used to be. Perhaps something like this could help rejuvenate the outlet mall as well.

This area is very, very close to Chippewa Lake Park - and we all know how that worked out. Perhaps with Geauga Lake out of the way now, there will be less big business competition.

this would be awesome!!! i could walk there from my house!!! and up goes my home value!!!!!
I might be wrong, but I believe there is also a station on the proposed Ohio Hub project very close to the Outlet Mall.

For those who are not aware of the project, it is a consumer rail line that will branch out from Cleveland and connect Columbus, Cincy, Toledo, Sandusky, Athens, and Akron Ohio to the already surrounding mid-west commuter lines.

I live in Mansfield and this idea would be a great location for a waterpark resort. I-71 is always busy and though the Prime Outlets aren't in their "prime" anymore, they still do good business. And as mentioned Snow Trails brings in many people in the winter and in the summer we have Mid Ohio and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and other races of the sort.

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