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Water park planned for Columbia County

Posted: September 19, 2014 - 4:30pm  |  Updated: September 23, 2014 - 11:14pm
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This is an artist's rendering of the proposed park. The 58-acre water park would operate from Memorial Day to Labor Day.   Special
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This is an artist's rendering of the proposed park. The 58-acre water park would operate from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Columbia County will soon be home to the area’s only water park. Benjamin Bell, the owner of the popular Lights of the South holiday attraction, announced Friday that he plans to build a $20 million water park on the property near Grovetown.

“I think it’s going to be amazing,” Bell said at a press conference to announce plans for the proposed water park.

According to planning documents filed with Columbia County on Sept. 12, Benjamin Bell is seeking a rezoning to allow for the construction of a 58-acre pirate-themed water park called Scuttle’s Island, which will operate between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Bell said he expects the water park to bring 185,000 to 300,000 people each year to the property at 633 Louisville Road.

“Ten years ago, when we opened Lights of the South, I actually had this in the back of my mind,” Bell said. “It’s just hard to raise $20 million. All along, we’ve wanted to put it here.”

Bell said plans for the water park are to feature 20 water slides, family and thrill rides, a lazy river, a 15,000-square-foot children’s water playground and a 55,000-square-foot wave pool. He said the wave pool will be the largest in the state by 30,000 square feet.

“It’s an all-day park,” Bell said. “In other words, there are things for children to do from 6 months old to folks 99 years old.

“What we’ve tried to do is basically build something for everybody.”

Thrill-seekers will enjoy Walk the Plank, a 98-foot-tall vertical slide, and the Pirate’s Punch, about which Bell didn’t provide details.

“If we’re allowed to do this thing, it’ll be the only slide like it in the world,” Bell said. “That’s all I’ll say about that.”

Columbia County Commission Chairman Ron Cross said the project would be a “tremendous asset” for the county. “It will definitely be a destination and it will be great for the county.”

Developers plan to start construction of the water park Oct. 1 and have it ready to open by May 2015, according to county documents.

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YvonneJones

They have a good plan. Hope,

They have a good plan. Hope, they can get this done soon. - Green Water Technologies