Posted Thursday, October 13, 2005 1:21 AM | Contributed by PhantomTails
The long and politically painful effort to deliver municipal water service to Michigan's Adventure Amusement Park has finally succeeded. Officials from the park signed a letter of agreement last week, giving the county the go-ahead to extend a water line north along Whitehall Road to the site of the amusement park at Whitehall and Riley-Thompson roads.
Read more from The Muskegon Chronicle.
Thursday, October 13, 2005 1:40 AM
Thursday, October 13, 2005 2:08 AM
It's a good sign but I caution everyone not to get too excited. The project is not required to be finished until sometime in 2007. That expansion may still be a few years off yet.
Thursday, October 13, 2005 10:30 AM
Also bear in mind that a $5 million dollar cap budget at a 500K visitor/year park is like a $10 million outlay at a mid-size CF park like WoF and VF.
Thursday, October 13, 2005 11:35 AM
Parent company Cedar Fair L.P. of Sandusky, Ohio, CEO Richard Kinzel, while in Muskegon for a board meeting this summer, told The Chronicle that his company will expand its indoor waterpark operations and that Muskegon would be considered for such a park.
Thursday, October 13, 2005 12:30 PM
I would say a hotel/indoor waterpark would be an extremely wise investment, not just for those of us who live far enough away to appreciate a place to stay near the park, but for the locals who would flock to the place during those long, snowy, Muskegon winters.
Thursday, October 13, 2005 2:24 PM
Don't forget to mention that in that same article Kinzel stated that they were not sure if it was the right market for an indoor water park/hotel. He also mentioned that they were going to pay close attention and see if the double J Ranches proposed indoor water park/hotel was successful in the area.
I would expect a campground to be built before a hotel. Camping is extremely popular in that area, with Lake Michigan so near by, and campgrounds that are in the area that are not on Lake Michigan have proved very successful. I would expect more of like an RV park then your full fledged campground with like tents and stuff. Kinzel is not going to invest that much money into a hotel/ waterp park if he is not sure there is a market for one. There is a market for campgrounds and RV parks however.
Friday, October 14, 2005 11:03 AM
Playa, the $5 million figure is for the waterline project, of which $400,000 is being paid by MiA.
She declined to say what park improvements may result from the availability of water, but added that an announcement about improvements will be released by the end of this month. Those in the Muskegon tourism industry are anticipating the announcement of one of the largest investments ever in the history of the amusement park.
Interesting, but still doesn't tell us much. Anyway, hopefully this will break the capital improvement logjam. :)
Friday, October 14, 2005 11:41 AM
There's another article on the water service extension here
I just hope this is the last issue the park has with the local governments.