New water park with 110-foot slide to open near Outer Banks

POINT HARBOR — An 80-acre water park with a slide taller than the local pine trees is set to open next year in southern Currituck County near the Outer Banks.

The $45 million project will go up near two golf courses on U.S. 158 about two miles north of the Wright Memorial Bridge. The park is expected to attract 4,500 people a day during tourist season and will include a big wave pool, water slides, a lazy river, an adventure pond and restaurants, among other attractions.

“The Outer Banks vacation area has such a rich history with room to grow the recreational leisure market,” Kenneth Ellis, an owner of OBX Waterpark Adventure, LLC, said in a news release.

Construction is set to begin in September.

The venture creates a center of tourist attractions in Point Harbor that could improve the economy of lower Currituck, planning staff said when recommending the project to county commissioners in May. The board supported the project unanimously.

The parks will sit on a mostly rural tract located just south of Kilmarlic Golf Club and across U.S. 158 from The Pointe Golf Club. The board also approved an ordinance change to allow a 110-foot slide. Previously, the height limit for outdoor recreation was 60 feet.

Dozens of people will work there during the summer to augment about 10 year-round employees, according to a news release from Aquatic Development Group, the New York-based company that will design and build the water park.

ADG has contributed to resorts such as Six Flags and Disney, according to the release. The company built the $25 million, three-pool training facility with wave generation technology located at the U.S. Coast Guard base in Elizabeth City. It also designed and built a one-million-gallon wave pool addition and a three-acre lazy river expansion at Ocean Breeze Waterpark in Virginia Beach.

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Jeff Hampton, 252-338-0159, jeff.hampton@pilotonline.com

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