Water Park to make $5 million splash
Officials with Splash Kingdom have agreed to build a water park in Greenville, provided the city does its share to help establish the park in the Greenville Towne Center development. Negotiations concerning specifics of the park are reported to be continuing and no formal development agreement has yet been approved. But according to the letter of intent the City Council voted to accept Tuesday, the city agrees provide an economic incentive, a tax abatement, and water and sewer line improvements. In exchange, the Canton-based company agrees to build a water park costing at least $5 million.
The letter from Splash Kingdom indicated the city would work with Steenson Development to acquire the approximately 14 acres of land inside the Towne Center project on which the water park would be located. The City of Greenville would bring water, sewer, and electrical service to the boundary of the water park, without cost to Splash Kingdom, with any improvements inside the water park property itself to be paid for by the company. Under the letter of intent, the City of Greenville would provide a three-year property tax abatement for the water park. The Letter indicated that the park is expected to begin operations during the 2014 season and would include not less than one major slide, a lazy river, a wave pool, a children’s area, administrative and ticket offices, food and beverage concessions, restroom and locker room facilities and parking.